Seoul, Mar 29 (AFP) International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach was seen taking a flight to the North Korean capital Pyongyang on today, multiple reports said, in another diplomatic move on the peninsula after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Also Read - Using CAA, 'Opportunists' Unleashed Organised Violence: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat in Dussehra Speech
Bach was seen at the Beijing airport before boarding an Air Koryo flight to Pyongyang Thursday afternoon, Yonhap news agency and other reports said, publishing a picture of him at the check-in counter. Also Read - HKCC vs KCC Dream11 Team Prediction Hong Kong T20: Captain, Vice-captain, Fantasy Playing Tips, Probable XIs For Today's Hong Kong Cricket Club vs Kowloon Cricket Club T20 Match 3 at Hong Kong Cricket Club, Wong Nai Chung Gap 11:30 AM IST October 25 Sunday
“Bach’s North Korea visit appears to be aimed at raising the IOC’s profile after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, and discussing the North’s potential participation in international competitions,” Yonhap quoted a Beijing diplomatic source as saying. Also Read - IPL 2020: KXIP Captain KL Rahul 'Speechless' After Stunning Comeback
Last month’s Games in the South triggered a dramatic rapprochement with the isolated North, which sent athletes, cheerleaders and officials to take part.
Competitors from the two Koreas marched together at the opening ceremony, where South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands with the sister of the North’s leader Kim Jong Un.
Pyongyang and Seoul have since agreed to hold a summit next month, and Kim made his first foreign trip as leader this week to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping.
A summit is also due between Kim and US President Donald Trump.
Bach has hailed the reconciliatory mood, saying previously that the Olympic spirit “brought two sides together” and the two neighbours sent a “powerful message of peace” to the world.(AFP) AMS AMS
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