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Korea-Congo Summit (March 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila met on Mar. 29 for a summit at Cheong Wa Dae. They discussed their collaboration plans in particular in the fields of energy resources and social infrastructure development. President Lee promised to share Korea's knowhow on planning and implementing national economic development plans.


Korea-Denmark Summit (March 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral summit with visiting Danish Prime Minister Lars Rasmussen at Cheong Wa Dae on Mar. 11. The two leaders expressed satisfaction about the growing bilateral ties between Korea and Denmark since the two countries' official diplomatic ties were forged in 1959. They also stressed the importance of their future collaboration in recyclable energy development and pledged to advance the date of the Korea-EU FTA signing for the benefit of both sides.


Korea-Uzbekistan Summit (February 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Uzbek President Islam Karimov met for a summit at Cheong Wa Dae on Feb. 11, during the latter's three-day state visit to Seoul. The leaders discussed a joint developmental project of the Surgil gas field, the modernization of Navoi Airport and many other issues. They also gave a positive assessment of growing bilateral ties between the two countries in the fields of natural resources development, construction, IT and agriculture. They pledged to strengthen their overall political, economic and cultural ties as well.


Korea-Palestine Summit (February 2010)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas had a summit in Seoul on Feb. 10. President Lee hoped that the peace talks between Palestine and Israel will resume at an early date while President Abbas expressed appreciation for the Korean government's support for the Palestinian people. President Abbas also said his government wishes to learn lessons from Korea's rapid economic development.


Korea-Germany Summit (February 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting German President Horst Kohler held a summit in Seoul on Feb. 8. The leaders agreed to work together for a successful G20 Seoul summit, early ratification of the Korea-EU FTA, and also discussed other global issues such as the world economy in the post-crisis era and environment-friendly industrial development. They also saw eye to eye on sharing Germany's experience of social integration on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of its reunification.


Korea-Israel Summit (January 2010)
On the last day of his visit to Switzerland (Jan. 29), President Lee had a bilateral summit with Israel's President Shimon Peres. Korea and Israel first launched diplomatic relationship in 1962 and exchanges in political, economic and cultural area have been continousoly strengthened ever since. The leaders confirmed that the two countries have a lot to gain from mutual cooperation in the fields of renewable energy development, and agreed to expedite such joint efforts.


Korea-Jordan Summit (January 2010)
President Lee met Jordan's King Abdullah in Davos, Switzerland, on Jan 28. The meeting took place on the sidelines of the 40th World Economic Forum. President Lee thanked the Jordanian King for selecting, as the result of a bidding process, a Korean consortium to build a nuclear reactor, and discussed the Jordanian government's grand waterway project. King Abdullah highly appreciated Korean expertise in construction and promised to strengthen his country's ties with Korea.


Korea-Spain Summit (January 2010)
President Lee held a bilateral meeting with Spain's Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero on the sidelines of the Davos Forum in Switzerland on Jan 28. Noting the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between their countries in 2010, they pledged to elevate bilateral ties. They also promised to work together for an early ratification of the Korea-EU FTA and successful G20 summits this year.


Korea-Switzerland Summit (January 2010)
Korean President Lee and President of the Swiss Confederation Doris Leuthard met each other in Davos on Jan 28 for bilateral talks. The leaders agreed to strengthen efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula and to work together for a successful G20 summit this year. Lee thanked Leuthard for Switzerland's sending representatives to the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission at Korea's truce village of Panmunjom since the armistice agreement called a halt to the Korean War in 1953.


Korea-Canada Summit (January 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the Swiss city of Davos on Jan 28 for a bilateral meeting. The two leaders positively evaluated the continuously developing ties between the two countries following the latest three rounds of summits between the leaders themselves. In particular, they pledged to do their utmost in preparing for the G20 summits this year, which will take place in Toronto in June and in Seoul in November, respectively.