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'Vegetarian' dinner planned for Ivanka Trump in South Korea

By Elizabeth Shim
'Vegetarian' dinner planned for Ivanka Trump in South Korea
President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump is expected to deliver a message from her father to South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

Feb. 22 (UPI) -- South Korea's Moon Jae-in is to honor U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and presidential advisor in Seoul on Friday with a dinner that conforms to her diet, and Seoul is expecting Ivanka Trump, 36, to deliver a personal message from her father.

Ivanka Trump is visiting South Korea for the first time in an official capacity and is expected to stay in Asia's fourth-largest economy for four days and three nights, Yonhap reported Friday.

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Trump, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, could be delivering a message from her father as well as discussing issues relevant to U.S.-South Korea relations with Moon, according to the report.

The U.S. delegation includes U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders and U.S. Forces Korea Commander Vincent Brooks.

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Chief Presidential Secretary Im Jong-seok will meet with the delegates, along with presidential Blue House national security chief Chung Eui-yong and First Lady Kim Jung-sook.

The Blue House dinner being held in honor of Ivanka includes a vegetarian menu for the first daughter who abides by a disciplined diet and has said she practices yoga and meditation.

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Trump is arriving in Seoul as plans are underway to reopen more lines of communication with the North.

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Local television network SBS reported Friday the South Korean government is open to restarting a communication line that began operations during the former Kim Dae-jung administration.

The line was closed during the presidency of Lee Myung-bak, and the potential changes reflect the ongoing inter-Korea rapprochement that began with a North Korea's decision to attend the Winter Games.

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