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Korea-ASEAN, ASEAN+3 (October, 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak attended the Korea-ASEAN Summit and the ASEAN+3 Summit meetings in Hanoi on October 29 and discussed ways to enhance cooperation between Korea and ASEAN member countries. President Lee and the leaders of ASEAN countries agreed to upgrade Korea-ASEAN ties to the level of "strategic partnership" based on the level of Korea-ASEAN cooperation since the SEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit last year. They also adopted a joint declaration and action plan backing Lee’s proposal.


Trilateral Summit Meeting (October, 2010)
Leaders of South Korea, Japan and China held separate talks to discuss regional security and other pending issues in Hanoi on Friday afternoon. President Lee and Prime Ministers Naoto Kan of Japan and Wen Jiabao of China discussed pending issues such as North Korean nuclear ambitions and currency conversion rates. They all agreed that further cooperation and trust in each other were essential to strengthening these sectors.


Korea-India Summit (October, 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Hanoi, Vietnam on October 29. The two leaders discussed mutual interest, such the success of the G20 Seoul Summit, global cooperation, and issues affecting the ASEAN region. The two leaders agreed to push ahead and enlarge the volume of trade between the two nations to help comply with the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), as well as cooperate further in the fields of nuclear power, national defense, IT, and science.


Korea-Bhutan Summit (October, 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Jigmi Thinley, the Prime Minister of Bhutan, on October 27 at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul for summit talks. The two leaders discussed cooperation between Korea and Bhutan in various sectors, including the economy, trade, development and other matters of mutual interest. Both leaders agreed to cooperate further in order to enhance Korea-Bhutan ties in the future.


Korea-Gabon Summit (October, 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak discussed cooperation for the development of mineral resources such as petroleum and infrastructure construction with his Gabonese counterpart, Ali Bongo Ondimba, during their summit on October 25. The two nations signed a several deals to boost energy cooperation and cultural exchanges. Ondimba’s official three-day visit to Korea helped to strengthen relations in a broad spectrum of areas, such as the energy sector, natural resources development, and infrastructure construction.


Korea-Panama Summit (October 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Ricardo Alberto Martinelli Berrocal, President of the Republic of Panama, on October 20 at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul for summit talks. At the summit, the two leaders discussed ways to enhance bilateral ties in a wide range of sectors, including trade, investment, resources and infrastructure cooperation.


Korea-EU Summit (October 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held talks on October 6 with European Union President Herman Van Rompuy and European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso at the fifth Korea-EU Summit in Brussels, Belgium. They agreed to forge a strategic partnership and officially ratified the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement (FTA) the same day.


Korea-Belgium Summit (October 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Belgian Prime Minister Yves Leterme held talks on October 5 in Brussels, Belgium. The two leaders agreed to enhance trade and investment, since foreign trade plays an important role in the economy of both countries. They their expressed satisfaction at the signing of the Korea-EU free trade agreement, which will come into effect in July of next year.


ASEM-Brussels 2010 (October 2010)
Leaders of 48 countries, including 27 EU member countries and 16 Asian countries, attended ASEM, which took place on Oct. 4-5 in Brussels, Belgium. At the 8th ASEM Summit, President Lee Myung-bak participated in in-depth discussions with other leaders on key issues addressing the theme of "Quality of Life: Achieving Greater Well-being and More Dignity for All Citizens." Issues that attendees discussed include world economic governance, sustainable development, global issues, regional security conditions, international exchanges, and the future of ASEM.


Korea-Russia Summit (September 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Russian President Dmitry Anatolyevich Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin in Moscow and attended the Global Policy Forum in Yaroslavl during his three-day visit to Russia from Sep. 9-11. Lee and Medvedev agreed to upgrade bilateral ties and discussed matters of mutual interest. In Yaroslavl, Lee delivered a keynote speech about Korea's model of democratization, through which the country achieved both economic growth and democratic advancement.