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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Korea-EAS (October, 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak attended the fifth East Asia Summit (EAS) in Hanoi, Vietnam, on October 30 to discuss key global issues with other East Asian leaders, including sustainable growth and climate change. Lee cited the importance of policy cooperation among countries and explained detailed international cooperation measures for achieving economic recovery and sustainable growth. He also urged EAS members to support Korea for the success of next month's G20 Seoul Summit.


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.