Ivanka Trump to visit South Korea for Pyeongchang Olympics closing ceremony

Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father in the White House, will lead the US delegation to the closing ceremony to be held on Feb 25, 2018.
Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father in the White House, will lead the US delegation to the closing ceremony to be held on Feb 25, 2018.PHOTO: AFP

SEOUL (THE KOREA HERALD/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) - Another whirlwind round of diplomacy is expected on the sidelines of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics this week, with US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump set to join the closing ceremony.

Ivanka Trump, who serves as an adviser to her father in the White House, will lead the US delegation to the closing ceremony to be held in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province, on Sunday (Feb 25), with her travel itinerary and who she will meet yet to be announced.

First lady Kim Jung Sook will likely receive Ivanka Trump, and she will likely be provided with presidential-level security here, local media reported, quoting officials from the presidential office.

Chinese Vice Premier Liu Yandong will also visit South Korea as Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy on a three-day trip from Saturday, which includes attending the closing ceremony of the Olympics.

China sent a delegation led by Han Zheng, No. 7 in the Communist Party of China, for the opening ceremony.

All eyes are on any message Ivanka Trump might bring on behalf of her father, amid growing speculations of talks between Pyongyang and Washington following rare inter-Korean rapprochement.

Her visit comes two weeks after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sent his sister Kim Yo Jong for the opening ceremony of the Winter Games.

On Feb 10, Kim delivered the North Korean leader's invitation for South Korean President Moon Jae In to visit Pyongyang.