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Korea-Indonesia Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral talk with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on November 17, while he was in Bali on the occasion of his state visit to Indonesia to attend a series of regional summits. The two leaders covered an intensive agenda, discussing defense, trade, agriculture, and cultural exchanges and cooperation aimed at achieving co-prosperity in the Asia-Pacific region. Both sides agreed to further strengthening of economic ties for Indonesia’s development blueprint Master Plan 2011-2025, setting a USD$ 100 billion target for two-way trade by 2020.
Current Affairs President Lee visits Indonesia, Philippines

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Korea-Papua New Guinea Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O'Neill on November 12 on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit and agreed to further deepen reciprocal cooperation in trade, energy, and resources. The two leaders also pledged to work closely to share Korea’s development experience in line with the successful hosting of the upcoming High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness in Busan.
Current Affairs President Lee attends APEC meeting in Yokohama

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Korea-Vietnam Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Truong Tan Sang of Vietnam on November 8, on the occasion of the Vietnamese leader’s state visit to Korea. At the summit, the two leaders adopted a joint statement to reaffirm the alliance between the two countries and expand into a wider range of sectors including diplomacy, security, energy resources, trade, science, IT, and nuclear power. Both leaders also proclaimed 2012 the Year of Korea-Vietnam Friendship to celebrate 20 years of bilateral diplomatic relations by hosting a series of commemorative cultural exchange events.

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Korea-Turkey Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit on November 4 with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and agreed to resume negotiations on Korea’s participation in a nuclear power plant construction project in Turkey. Both leaders agreed to conclude the ongoing negotiations of the Korea-Turkey free trade agreement within the current year and expand the scope of cooperation to defense as well.
Current Affairs President Lee's visits to Russia, France

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Korea-EU Summit (November 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Herman Van Rompuy of the European Council and President José Manuel Durão Barroso of the European Commission on November 3 on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in Cannes, France. At the summit, President Lee and EU leaders agreed to strengthen their strategic partnership and cooperate to fight against the fiscal crisis.
Current Affairs President Lee's visits to Russia, France

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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.