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Korea-Guatemala Summit (June 2010)
President Lee met with Guatemalan President Alvaro Colom on Tuesday (Jun. 29) on the sidelines of the Korea-SICA meeting. Both leaders agreed to expand the scale of investment and cooperation between Korea and Guatemala. Lee called for the Guatemalan government’s continuous cooperation and support for some 10,000 overseas Koreans and 145 Korean companies situated in the country.


Korea-El Salvador Summit (June 2010)
President Lee, upon meeting with El Salvador’s President Mauricio Funes, asked for the El Salvadoran’s support for the business activities of Korean companies there in big projects like infrastructure and energy. Funes expressed big hopes for a local closed circuit television project that is being launched jointly with Korea.


Korea-Honduras Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak, held summit talks with Honduran’ President Porfiro Lobo in Panama on Tuesday (Jun. 29). President Lobo promised his country’s full support for Korea’s position in regard to the Cheonan sinking after listening to President Lee’s explanation of the circumstances surrounding it. Lobo also said that he’d pay more attention to Korean companies in the future.


Korea-Costa Rica Summit (June 2010)
In their meeting for one-on-one talks, President Lee Myung-bak and Costa Rican President Laura Chinchilla agreed on possible synergy effects when combining Korea’s state-of-the-art technology and Costa Rica’s high growth potential, and decided to intensify cooperation in related fields. The two sides also agreed to cooperate closely on green growth and the issue of climate change.


Korea-Panama Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak made a state visit to Panama and met with his counterpart Ricardo Martinelli on Monday (Jun. 28 local time) and held a summit meeting. The two sides agreed to deepen bilateral ties in trade and economy and produced a 13-point joint declaration. The two presidents agreed to conclude a free trade agreement and decided to seek the participation of other countries in Central America.


Toronto G-20 Summit (June 2010)
The leaders of the G-20 Financial Summit in Toronto, Canada agreed on three general principles to establish financial stability in line and pledged to halve fiscal deficit by 2013. The participants also agreed to make work for liberalization of trade through efforts like denouncing protectionism and concluding Doha Round.


Korea-China Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Chinese President Hu Jintao on Sunday (Jun. 27) on the sidelines of the G20 Summit Meeting in Toronto. Both sides agreed to reach the USD 200 billion target by 2012 and the 300 billion goal by 2015 with regard to bilateral trade. They said bilateral cooperation has been increasingly strengthened in various areas, including politics, economy and culture.


Korea-U.S. Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama discussed issues of mutual concern on the sidelines of the G-20 Financial Summit meeting that took place in Toronto, Canada, on June 26 and 27. The two leaders agreed that the military alliance forged at the time has contributed greatly to peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula as well as Northeast Asia.


Korea-Japan Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan on Saturday (Jun. 26) on the sidelines of the G-20 Financial Summit meeting in Toronto, Canada to discuss issues of mutual concern that cover regional security, international cooperation and policy on North Korea. This is the first time President Lee has talked with the new Japanese Prime Minister since the latter’s inauguration.


Korea-Turkey Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and President Abdulla Gül of Turkey exchanged a wide range of opinions on ways for the two countries to improve cooperative ties and other global issues of mutual concern. President Gül is on his first state visit to Korea, from June 14 to 16. The two presidents reconfirmed the long-held friendship between the two nations and pledged to continue developing bilateral ties. The Republic of Korea and Turkey first established diplomatic ties in 1957.