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Korea-India Summit (May 2015)
President Park Geun-hye and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a summit meeting on May 18. The two leaders upgraded their bilateral relationship to a, "special strategic partnership." "Over the past 42 years, the Korea-India relationship has made significant progress," said President Park. "In particular, the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between Korea and India took effect in 2010. It solidified the basis for our bilateral economic cooperation and contributed to an increase in the exchange of the arts and people."


Korea-Bulgaria Summit (May 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit meeting on May 14 with her Bulgarian counterpart, Rosen Plevneliev, currently in Korea on an official visit. They agreed to upgrade their existing bilateral relationship and to turn it into a "future-oriented comprehensive partnership." During the joint press conference at Cheong Wa Dae, President Park said, "This year marks the 25th year of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Bulgaria. President Plevneliev's visit to Korea this year is of great meaning to the development of bilateral relations. Today, we discussed ways to enhance our traditional cooperative relationship and how to strengthen the partnership."


Korea-Brazil Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit with her Brazilian counterpart President Dilma Rousseff, on April 24. During the talks, the two leaders had an in-depth discussion on many issues of common interest, including strategies for expanding practical cooperation across economic and commercial sectors, as well as enhancing mutual cooperation on the global stage. Both leaders also vowed to strengthen their partnership in creating higher value-added businesses by diversifying the scope of mutual cooperation. They continued to agree that the two countries would further cooperate in creative industries as well, in the pursuit of sustainable growth.
Current Affairs Presidential trip to 4 South American countries


Korea-Chile Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye and Chilean President Michelle Bachelet discussed how to upgrade the free trade agreement (FTA) between their two countries and strengthen cooperation on high value-added areas at a bilateral summit on April 22. During the summit at the presidential palace in Santiago, the two leaders exchanged their opinions on expanding exchanges and cooperation in new growth areas including science and technology, information and communications technology (ICT), the health and medical industry, the defense industry and education.
Current Affairs Presidential trip to 4 South American countries


Korea-Peru Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye and Peruvian President Ollanta Humala held a bilateral summit on April 20 and discussed issues of common interest between the two Pacific trade partners. The two leaders exchanged opinions on how to expand cooperation on the economy and trade as well as on regional and international affairs during the summit, held at the presidential palace in Lima, the Peruvian capital.
Current Affairs Presidential trip to 4 South American countries


Korea-Colombia Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye and Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos have said in a joint statement that, "We intend to strengthen our bilateral partnership in high value-added industries." President Park and Colombian President Santos took part in a joint press conference at the Presidential Palace in Bogota after holding a bilateral summit there on April 17. "During this visit, the two nations signed 18 memoranda of understanding (MOUs) in the fields of energy, security, health, financial assistance and infrastructure construction, among others. This will provide a foundation to diversify bilateral cooperation, which I think is very meaningful," said President Park.
Current Affairs Presidential trip to 4 South American countries


Korea-Turkmenistan Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov at Cheong Wa Dae on April 13. President Park expressed her gratitude to her Turkmen counterpart for visiting Korea with such a large delegation by saying that the visit shows his will to develop the bilateral relationship. She pointed out that the two countries have great potential in their bilateral relationship, while mentioning that the volume of bilateral trade has expanded 35 times since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. President Park further hoped that the Turkmen leader’s trip to Korea would become an important watershed to bolster bilateral relations and to lead toward the co-prosperity of both countries.


Korea-Ethiopia Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye held a summit with Ethiopian President Mulatu Teshome Wirtu at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on April 14. The Ethiopian leader was visiting Korea to attend the seventh World Water Forum. President Park said that Ethiopia is the only "blood brother" of Korea in Africa, as it sent troops to aid the South during the Korean War (1950-1953). She valued the continuing development of the bilateral relationship between the two countries. Mentioning the Memorial Hall for Ethiopian Veterans in the Korean War, she said that the hall symbolizes the will of the Korean people, who will never forget the sacred sacrifices made by the Ethiopian soldiers who fought in the war.


Korea-Hungary Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye met with Hungarian President Janos Ader for a bilateral summit at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on April 14.
At the summit, the two leaders agreed to combine Hungary's well-developed science and technology and Korea's manufacturing and production technology so that various joint projects in rapidly growing industries, such as information technology, automotive components and biopharmaceuticals, can be pursued.


Korea-Tajikistan Summit (April 2015)
President Park Geun-hye hosted a summit with Tajikistan President Emomali Rahmon at the EXCO convention center in Daegu on April 12. The Tajikistani leader is visiting Korea to attend World Water Forum 2015. President Park praised the leading role Tajikistan plays in the international discussions on water, as it hosted high-ranking U.N. cooperation meetings on water in both 2013 and earlier this year. She also mentioned that the country is rich in water resources, ranking eighth in the world. She welcomed the opening of the Tajikistani embassy in Seoul on April 13, on the occasion of President Rahmon’s visit, saying that the new embassy will strengthen bilateral cooperation across many fields and boost people-to-people exchanges and economic cooperation.