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Korea-Italy Summit (September 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Italian President Giorgio Napolitano held summit in Seoul on Sep. 14. The leaders shared thoughts on economic cooperation within the G8 and G20 frameworks. They also promised to work together through the free trade agreement between Korea and the European Union.

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Korea-Ukraine Summit (July 2009)
President Lee met with Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko of the Ukraine at Cheong Wa Dae on July 16. They gave a high evaluation to the steady progress in bilateral relations since the establishment of diplomatic ties in February 1992.

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Korea-Sweden Summit (July 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt held summit talks on July 13 and agreed that the international community needs to faithfully enforce UN Security Council Resolution 1874 in order to realize the denuclearization of North Korea. President Lee and his Swedish counterpart welcomed the final compromise package in the Korea-EU free trade negotiation and hoped an early signing of the deal which lasted more than two years.

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Korea-Italy Summit (July 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak held summit talks with Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi on July 10 and shared his desire to end the free trade negotiation for the Korea-EU free trade agreement (FTA).

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Korea-Poland Summit (July 2009)
In Poland, the first destination of the presidential trip, President Lee Myung-bak and Polish President Lech Kaczynski held summit talks on July 8 and agreed to strengthen the bilateral cooperation in energy and defense industry sectors.

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Korea-Japan Summit (June 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Japanese Prime Minister Taro Aso agreed on June 28 to arrange for a five-way consultation, involving South Korea, Japan, China, the United States and Russia, to realize the denuclearization of North Korea. During the summit, the two leaders reaffirmed the existing view that North Korea's possession of nuclear would weaponry not be tolerated, stressing the importance of UN member nations' implementing United Nations Security Council Resolution 1874 that urges North Korea to cease its threat of nuclear tests or missile launches.

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Korea-U.S. Summit (June 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama held summit talks on June 16 in Washington, D.C. and agreed to take joint measures to respond to the North Korean nuclear threat, sharing an understanding that a nuclear North Korea is unacceptable. They adopted "The Joint Vision for the Alliance of the Republic of Korea and the United States" and declared that the two countries will work together to achieve the complete and verifiable elimination of North Korea's nuclear weapons and existing nuclear programs, as well as ballistic missile programs, and to promote respect for the fundamental human rights of the North Korean people.

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ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit (June 2009)
To celebrate the 20-year-long dialogue relationship between Korea and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the leaders of the ASEAN countries gathered on Jeju Island to attend the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit on June 1 and 2, 2009. Korea and the 10 Southeast Asian countries signed a free trade agreement (FTA) on investment on June 2, aiming at removing tariffs, bolstering bilateral trade between the two regions and improving transparency. Korea and ASEAN also issued a separate joint press statement against the North Korea's nuclear test.

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Korea-Kazakhstan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Kazakh leader Nursultan Nazarbayev held summit talks in Astana on May 13. At the summit, the two leaders adopted an "action plan" aiming at boosting the bilateral cooperation in various sectors, including energy and economy by upgrading their countries relationship into a "strategic partnership".

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Korea-Uzbekistan Summit (May 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Uzbek leader Islam Karimov held a summit in Tashkent on May 11. At the summit, the two leaders issued a 12-point statement and agreed to build a win-win cooperation partnership and enhance energy and economic cooperation, stressing the strategic partnership between the two countries.