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Korea-UN Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on November 3, on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France. At the summit, President Lee and Secretary-General Ban discussed ways to deepen cooperation in international development assistance alongside other agenda items including sustainable development, the state of international affairs, and the G-20 and UN’s roles in solving the current economic crisis.
Current Affairs President Lee's visits to Russia, France

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Korea-Russia summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Russian President Dmitriy Anatolyevich Medvedev held a summit on November 2 in St. Petersburg on the occasion of the Korean president’s state visit to Russia. They agreed to cooperate on the PNG project to build gas pipelines from Russia to South Korea through North Korea. The two presidents also agreed that it is fundamentally important to solve North Korea’s nuclear issues in order to secure peace and safety in Korea and Northeast Asia.
Current Affairs President Lee's visits to Russia, France

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Korea-Japan summit (October 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a summit on October 19 in Cheong Wa Dae. The two leaders agreed to expand the volume of won-yen currency swap from $13 billion to $70 billion in order to stabilize the financial markets of the two countries amid the growing uncertainty of the global economy. They also agreed to resume working-level discussions on the free trade negotiations between the two countries.
Current Affairs Korea-Japan summit in Seoul 2011

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Korea-U.S. Summit (October 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama held a summit in the White House in Washington, D.C., on October 13. The two leaders agreed to increase the scope of the Korea-U.S. alliance. They also agreed that the ratification of the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement (FTA) will advance the Korea-U.S. alliance by extending it past current military and security concerns into the economic sector. In regards to North Korean nuclear issue, the two leaders agreed to strengthen response readiness in order to more effectively respond to Pyongyang’s increasing threats over the development of nuclear weapons and missiles.
Current Affairs President Lee’s state visit to U.S.

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Korea-Peru Summit (September 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Peruvian President Ollanta Humala on Sep. 22 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly and discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation between the two countries. At the summit, the two leaders agreed that the Korea-Peru free trade agreement (FTA) which took effect this August helped increase the trade volume of both countries. Both leaders further agreed to expand trade volume between the two countries and make efforts to promote investment.
Current Affairs President Lee's 3-day visit to U.S.

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Korea-Japan Summit (September 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda on Sep. 21 on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York. At the summit, the two leaders discussed ways to enhance bilateral economic cooperation and expand human resources and cultural exchanges. They also agreed to work together on Korea-Japan free trade negotiations. In regard to the North Korean issue, the two heads of states agreed to closely cooperate with each other and with the United States.
Current Affairs President Lee's 3-day visit to U.S.

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Korea-Colombia Summit (September 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon of the Republic of Colombia held a summit on September 15 at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul. The two leaders agreed to upgrade Korean- September relations to a “strategic cooperative partnership” looking ahead to the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties on March 10, 2012. They also agreed to proactively develop strategies, visions and policies for expanding mid- to long-term multifaceted cooperation.

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Korea- Kazakhstan Summit (August 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak agreed to strengthen bilateral economic cooperation between Korea and Kazakstan at a summit with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan on August 25 in Astana. The two leaders reaffirmed Korean-Kazakhstani relations as a “strategic partnership” and discussed ways to substantially enhance cooperation in various sectors. Both leaders agreed to closely cooperate on the implementation of the joint development projects.
Current Affairs President Lee's state visits to Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan

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Korea- Uzbekistan Summit (August 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit talk with his Uzbek counterpart Islam Karimov on August 23 in Tashkent where two leaders reaffirmed their will to solidify cooperation on the bilateral joint venture set for the Surgil Project to ensure its smooth progress. The Surgil Project involves development of gas fields near the Aral Sea and construction of a related plant in Uzbekistan. Seoul and Tashkent pledged to expand the scope of bilateral economic cooperation in the realms of health care, medicine, IT, and the fiber industry.
Current Affairs President Lee's state visits to Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan

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Korea-Mongolia Summit (August 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Mongolian President Tsakhia Elbegdorj held a summit on August 22 in Ulan Bator, the capital city of Mongolia. The two leaders agreed to upgrade Korean-Mongolian relations to a “comprehensive partnership” and adopted the joint statement. They also adopted a mid-term action plan to boost bilateral cooperation between Korea and Mongolia in various sectors, including economic, energy, and resource development.
Current Affairs President Lee's state visits to Mongolia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan