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Korea-Germany summit (May 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with German President Christian Wulff on May 9 in Berlin and discussed ways to further consolidate bilateral partnerships in core strategic industries.The two leaders agreed to reinforce mutual cooperation in the political, economic and cultural realms, especially in light of the two nations shared background of national division.


Korea-Australia Summit (April 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard held bilateral talks at Cheong Wa Dae on 25 April, 2011. The two leaders agreed that the Korea-Australia partnership had developed over the last 50 years into a broad-based partnership including significant commercial ties, strong security cooperation and wide-ranging people-to-people links. They renewed their commitment to further strengthen this partnership in the next 50 years on the basis of shared values, mutual respect and genuine friendship.


Korea-Malaysia Summit (April 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit on April 5, 2011, at Cheong Wa Dae with Prime Minister Mohd. Najib bin Tun Abdul Razak of Malaysia, who was paying an official visit to Korea. At the summit, Prime Minister Najib said Malaysia will play an active role as financial mediator if Korea enters into investment projects in Muslim countries. In response, President Lee expressed his hope that the two countries can cooperate in the financial sector. The two leaders also held in-depth discussions on bilateral cooperation in the economic, trade, science, technology and energy sectors.


Korea-UAE Summit (March 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on March 13, 2011. The two leaders held in-depth discussions on close bilateral cooperation in nuclear plant construction projects, particularly the construction orders Korea received from the UAE in 2009. They also discussed ways to boost cooperation in energy, construction, national defense, health and welfare, economy and trade and other sectors.


Korea-Honduras Summit (February 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Porfirio Lobo Sosa of the Republic of Honduras on February 21, 2011. The two leaders had in-depth discussions on how to boost substantive cooperation in various sectors, including trade, investments, development cooperation, collaboration in construction and infrastructure projects and protection of Korean residents in Honduras.


Korea-Malaysia Summit (December 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Najib bin Tun Haji Abdul Razak, Prime Minister of Malaysia, held summit talks on December 10 in Putrajaya, the federal administrative centre of Malaysia. President Lee and Prime Minister Najib agreed to consider measures to deepen bilateral cooperation in trade and the economy, including a free trade pact.


Korea-Indonesia Summit (December 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak arrived in Indonesia and held summit talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on December 9. Lee and Yudhoyono discussed bilateral issues such as Korean businesses' work with Indonesia's defense industry and nuclear energy development. They also discussed ways to bolster cooperation on global issues.


Korea-Brazil Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on November 11 at Cheong Wa Dae at Cheong Wa Dae. They discussed ways to ensure the success of the G20 Seoul Summit and measures to substantially expand bilateral cooperation in a variety of sectors, including trade and investment in the next five years. Brazil is Korea's largest South American trading partner and largest investment destination, and many Korean firms are involved in large-scaled projects in automobile or steel sectors there. President Lula said that he hopes the two countries can strengthen cooperation in the science technology sectors, while expressing his satisfaction with development in Korea-Brazil ties.


Korea-China Summit (November 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao on November 11 at Cheong Wa Dae to exchange opinions on various issues of mutual interest, including Seoul-Beijing ties, the G20 Seoul Summit and political issues on the Korean Peninsula. The two leaders expressed satisfaction with the advancement in Korea-China ties of "strategic cooperative partnership" and agreed to further progress in bilateral relations in the economic and trade sectors. President Lee asked President Hu for Beijing’s active support for the G20 Seoul Summit.


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.