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Korea-U.S. Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with U.S. President Barack Obama at Cheong Wa Dae on November 11 and agreed to make concerted efforts for the ratification of the Korea-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA). The two leaders agreed to strengthen the Seoul-Washington alliance to help address the North Korean nuclear issue and the sinking of Cheonan warship. They said complete, verifiable and irreversible dismantlement of Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons is a prerequisite for peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia.

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Korea-Germany Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit on November 11 with Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, at Cheong Wa Dae to discuss measures to promote bilateral cooperation in the energy, science and economic sectors. President Lee said how much he valued the advancements of Korean-German ties and expressed his hope that the two nations can enhance their cooperation in the renewable energy and science technology sectors, along with the parts and materials industry. The two leaders agreed to share the lessons of Germany’s experience in reunification and social integration, and exchanged opinions on global issues like climate change and nuclear security. Lee asked for Germany’s support for the G20 Seoul Summit.

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Korea-UK Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit on November 11 with Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron, at Cheong Wa Dae to discuss ways to promote bilateral cooperation. The two leaders reaffirmed bilateral cooperation for the successful hosting of the G20 and expressed satisfaction with the advancement of the bilateral cooperation and friendship between the two countries. Lee and Cameron also agreed to make efforts to ensure the ratification of the Korea-European Union Free Trade Agreement (FTA), scheduled to take effect in July of next year, while sharing a common understanding that the Korea-EU FTA will expand the volume of bilateral trade and investment.

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Korea-Australia Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held talks with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on November 10, during which they agreed to make joint efforts to speed up ongoing negotiations for a bilateral free trade pact. Lee and Gillard exchanged views on cooperation and methods for success at the G20 summit, improving bilateral ties and collaboration on regional and international issues.

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Korea-UN Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held talks with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on November 10 at Cheong Wa Dae, where he expressed his hopes for closer ties between the G20 development campaign and the UN Millennium Development Goals. President Lee also asked Secretary-General Ban to play a leading role in discussing the development agenda at the G20 Seoul Summit. In response, Ban expressed his support for greater UN cooperation with the G20 and South Korea on international issues in the future.

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Korea-Russia Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held talks with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev on November 10 at Cheong Wa Dae where the two leaders agreed to extend economic and scientific cooperation. They further agreed to bolster corporate collaboration in the development of oil and mineral resources in Russia. After the bilateral talks, they attended a signing ceremony on an agreement to boost economic and cultural ties and extend resident worker visas.

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Korea-Japan Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan during the 18th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Yokohama, Japan on November 14. Japan agreed to return 1,205 volumes of royal books, including official records from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), which were removed from Korea during the Japanese colonial period. President Lee said returning the books will be an important step in Korea-Japan relations and expressed his thanks to Kan and his cabinet.

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Korea-Chile Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Chilean President Miguel Juan Sebastián Piñera Echenique on November 13 to discuss the Korea-Chile FTA, energy cooperation and exchange of human resources. President Lee started off by congratulating President Piñera on the rescue of the 33 miners who were trapped underground for two months. Piñera thanked Lee for the concern Koreans expressed for those affected by the incident. President Lee then expressed his satisfaction Korea-Chile cooperation, especially the signing of the FTA in 2004. President Piñera also expressed his satisfaction, and the two agreed to continue developing a cooperative relationship between Korea and Chile.

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Korea-Turkey Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held bilateral summit talks on November 13 with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who paid an official visit to Korea, in conjunction with the G20 Seoul Summit., The two leaders evaluated the outcomes of the Seoul Summit, and discussed a wide range of topics, including trade, investment, nuclear power, military affairs and infrastructure. In commemoration of the 60th anniversary of the outbreak of the Korean War, President Lee extended his deepest thanks to Turkish veterans who served in Korea. Lee and Erdoğan reaffirmed both nations’ diplomatic ties and vowed to further enhance bilateral cooperation.

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Korea-France Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held bilateral summit talks with President Nicolas Sarkozy on November 12, during the French leader’s visit for the G20 Seoul Summit. The two leaders assessed the outcomes of the G20 Seoul Summit and exchanged opinions on the upcoming summit in France next November. Lee and Sarkozy also discussed the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement and the return of books from the Oegyujanggak, part of the Joseon royal archives which were looted in the late 19th century.