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Korea-Turkmenistan Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at Cheong Wa Dae on April 13. President Park expressed her gratitude to her Turkmen counterpart for visiting Korea with such a large delegation by saying that the visit shows his will to develop the bilateral relationship. She pointed out that the two countries have great potential in their bilateral relationship, while mentioning that the volume of bilateral trade has expanded 35 times since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. President Park further hoped that the Turkmen leader’s trip to Korea would become an important watershed to bolster bilateral relations and to lead toward the co-prosperity of both countries.

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Korea-Ethiopia Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on April 14. The Ethiopian leader was visiting Korea to attend the seventh World Water Forum. President Park said that Ethiopia is the only "blood brother" of Korea in Africa, as it sent troops to aid the South during the Korean War (1950-1953). She valued the continuing development of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Mentioning the Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, she said that the hall symbolizes the will of the Korean people, who will never forget the sacred sacrifices made by the Ethiopian soldiers who fought in the war.
President Mulatu responded by saying that Korea is a true "blood brother" of Ethiopia. The Ethiopian leader added that Ethiopia is carrying out growth strategies that model Korea as a benchmark of economic development. He also expressed hope that the two countries could boost bilateral cooperation in the future.

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Korea-Hungary Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye met with Hungarian President Janos Ader for a bilateral summit at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on April 14.
At the summit, the two leaders agreed to combine Hungary's well-developed science and technology and Korea's manufacturing and production technology so that various joint projects in rapidly growing industries, such as information technology, automotive components and biopharmaceuticals, can be pursued.

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Korea-Tajikistan Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye hosted a summit with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon at the EXCO convention center in Daegu on April 12. The Tajikistani leader is visiting Korea to attend World Water Forum 2015. President Park praised the leading role Tajikistan plays in the international discussions on water, as it hosted high-ranking U.N. cooperation meetings on water in both 2013 and earlier this year. She also mentioned that the country is rich in water resources, ranking eighth in the world. She welcomed the opening of the Tajikistani embassy in Seoul on April 13, on the occasion of President Rahmon’s visit, saying that the new embassy will strengthen bilateral cooperation across many fields and boost people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation.

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Korea-Monaco Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit with Prince Albert II of Monaco, who is in Korea to attend the seventh World Water Forum 2015 in Daegu on April 12. President Park noted the fact that bilateral trade between the two nations is increasing and hoped that their cooperative relationship would be further expanded through the mutual exchange of information about areas of possible future cooperation.

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Korea-Qatar Summit (March 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit with Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar, on March 8 in Doha. The two heads of state discussed cooperation on energy and construction, currently the foundation of their relationship, and agreed to strengthen cooperation in the areas of investment, nuclear energy, defense and public health. President Park stressed that Qatar has been a close partner in both energy and construction, as well as in newer rapidly growing industries. She said that Korea and Qatar have many opportunities for cooperation in the future, as Korea has its "Creative Economy" plan and Qatar has its National Vision 2030. She hoped that bilateral cooperation would expand in high value-added industries, such as new technologies, public health and IT.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to 4 Middle Eastern countries

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Korea-UAE Summit (March 2015)
President Park Geun-hye, on her four-state visits to the Middle East, held a summit with Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, the third stop on her tour. The two leaders held in-depth discussions concerning a wide range of issues, including the two countries' existing areas of cooperation -- nuclear power plants, energy, construction and infrastructure -- as well as new areas of cooperation such as health & medicine, food and agriculture. “There are only three countries that I’ve visited twice since my inauguration. One of them is the United Arab Emirates,” said President Park. “It reflects the strong strategic partnership between Korea and the UAE.”
Current Affairs Presidential visit to 4 Middle Eastern countries

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Korea-Saudi Arabia Summit (March 2015)
President Park Geun-hye, currently in Saudi Arabia on a four-state visit to the Middle East, held a bilateral summit with Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, the king of Saudi Arabia, on March 3 at the Erga Palace in Riyadh. The two heads of state discussed ways to strengthen their bilateral partnership and to develop co-prosperity across a range of sectors. President Park mentioned that Saudi Arabia means quite a lot to Korea, as it is Korea's largest oil supplier, the largest market for Korean construction projects overseas and is Korea's largest trade partner in the Middle East. Describing the bilateral relationship as "rafiqi," which roughly means "friend" in Arabic, she suggested the two nations enhance cooperation on national development based on creativity and innovation.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to 4 Middle Eastern countries

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Korea-Kuwait Summit (March 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit meeting with the emir of Kuwait, Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jaber al-Sabah, at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait City on March 2. President Park said the two nations have continuously maintained a friendly, cooperative relationship since the beginning of their diplomatic relations in 1979. The president also said that she is glad that the two sides have recently improved their cooperation, turning it into an inclusive partnership that not only covers the economy, but also politics, diplomacy, the arts and regional & global issues.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to 4 Middle Eastern countries

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Korea-Vietnam Summit (December 2014)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to discuss measures to extend cooperation, on December 10 in Busan. They exchanged opinions on the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit, cooperation both in the region and on the international stage, issues involving the Korean Peninsula and other regional issues, such as Korea’s Northeast Asia peace and cooperation initiatives.
Current Affairs 2014 ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit