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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.


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.