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Korea-Japan Summit (May 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan held a summit on May 22 on the occasion of the fourth Korea-Japan-China summit in Tokyo. At the summit, President Lee expressed condolences to the victims of the earthquake and tsunami that hit northeastern Japan in March. The two leaders agreed to strengthen cooperation in nuclear safety and disaster control management.


Korea-France Summit (May 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on May 13 in Paris. Presidents Lee and Sarkozy discussed ways to enhance bilateral cooperation in trade and investment and advance the G20 Summit. Both leaders also discussed ways to expand bilateral cooperation in trade and investment when the Korea-EU free trade agreement (FTA) takes effect in July.


Korea-Denmark Summit (May 2011)
President Lee Myung-bak and Danish Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen held a summit and agreed to forge an unprecedented Green Growth Alliance with Denmark on May 12 in Copenhagen. President Lee said in his congratulatory speech that both Denmark and Korea will be “smart movers,” leading the world economy toward the green growth through the alliance.


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.