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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.


Korea-Ecuador Summit (September 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit meeting with Ecuadorian leader Rafael Correa Delgado and discussed substantial measures to boost bilateral cooperation on Sep. 8. President Delgado showed strong interest in Korea’s expertise and know-how in economic development. Delgado said he expects Korean companies to enter into Ecuador’s energy, resources and infrastructure industries, the core sectors of the country’s national development project.


Korea-Bolivia Summit (August 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting President Juan Evo Morales Ayma of the Plurinational State of Bolivia held a summit on August 26. The Bolivian President is making an official visit to Korea August 25-27. At the summit, the two Presidents had an in-depth discussion about how to enhance substantive cooperation between the two countries in various fields, including trade and investment, cooperation in resources and development as well as in the international arena.


Korea-Equatorial Guinea Summit (August 2010)
President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Republic of Equatorial Guinea and President Lee held a summit on Aug. 12. They discussed energy resources, such as gas and oil and cooperation in the field of infrastructure. They also exchanged opinions about Agenda 2020, a long-term economic development plan drawn up by the Equatorial Guinea government.