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Korea-Australia Summit (November 2009)
President Lee and his Australian counterpart Kevin Rudd met in Singapore on Nov. 14 at the sidelines of the APEC summit there. They agreed on implementing the outcomes of the Pittsburgh meeting of the G20, and were very satisfied that their joint framework and exit strategies had been well reflected in the September summit. They also agreed to cooperate more closely for more balanced growth and governance transformation in international economic organizations at the next G20 meetings.
Current Affairs APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (Singapore)

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Korea-Singapore Summit (November 2009)
At the bilateral summit held in Singapore on November 13, Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong agreed to work closely to promote the achievements made at the September G20 summit more widely at the 17th APEC summit in Singapore. They also expressed satisfaction at the progress made in the establishment of a Korea Cultural Center in Singapore and agreed to cooperate in the areas of clean energy, low carbon, and green energy.
Current Affairs APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (Singapore)

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Korea-Peru Summit (November 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Peruvian President Alan Gabriel Garcia Perez had a summit meeting at the presidential office in Seoul on Nov. 12. They concurred that the "Comprehensive Cooperative Relations" between Korea and Peru should be further advanced in ways to develop both sides. The partnership was launched when President Lee visited Peru in November 2008. The two Presidents also agreed to join forces in the fields of trade and investment, energy and infrastructure, science and technology, and culture and sports.

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Korea-Chile Summit (November 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Chilean President Michelle Bachelet Jeria held a summit meeting at Lee's office on Nov. 11. The two Presidents expressed satisfaction about the developing bilateral relationship between Korea and Chile since the launch of official diplomatic ties in 1962. They also said that the Korea-Chile FTA had played an important role in advancing bilateral ties since 2004, when the deal took effect, and pledged to share thoughts on developing the free trade deal in ways to benefit both sides.

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Korea-Slovenia Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak on Oct. 27 met with Slovenian President Danilo Turk, who visited the City of Busan for the 3rd OECD World Forum, and discussed with him ways to enhance practical cooperation between the his country and Korea. The leaders gave high marks to increasing bilateral relations between Korea and Slovenia since they first established diplomatic ties in 1992, and hoped such relations would further develop by the early effectuation of the Korea-EU FTA. They also agreed to cooperate through such international channels as the OECD.

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Korea-Bulgaria Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov held a bilateral summit at Cheong Wa Dae on Oct. 26. President Parvanov visited Korea in recognition of the 20th year of diplomatic relations between Korea and Bulgaria, which will be in 2010. At the summit, the leaders discussed ways to enhance pragmatic cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, commerce, tourism and education. President Lee emphasized in particular that the Korea-EU FTA, when taking effect, will greatly advance economic cooperation between Korea and eastern European countries.

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Korea-Australia Summit (October 2009)
President Lee and Australia's Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in Thailand on Oct. 25 had a summit for a fourth time this year (following meetings in March, April and July), and continued their discussions on the strengthening of the G20 meeting, tackling climate change and pursuing a "grand bargain," a North Korea strategy initiated by Lee during his September visit to New York.

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12th ASEAN Plus Three Summit (October 2009)
The leaders attending the 12th ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Thailand on Oct. 24 discussed ways to jointly deal with the international financial crisis, global climate change and food/energy security issues. Korean President Lee Myung-bak at the venue introduced Korea's vision of "low carbon, green growth" strategies and its efforts to extend investment and create jobs through the development of environment-friendly, renewable energy.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to East Asian Countries

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12th ASEAN-ROK Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak, at the 12th bilateral summit between Korea and ASEAN held in Thailand, Oct. 24, highly praised the establishment of the Korea-ASEAN Center in March and the signing of the Korea-ASEAN investment treaty and the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit both in June. The leaders at the summit agreed to elevate the bilateral relationship to "Strategic Cooperative Partnership," and adopted the third report for further implementation of Korea-ASEAN activities.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to East Asian Countries

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Korea-Laos Summit (October 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and Laos' Prime Minister Bouasone Bouphavanh held a bilateral summit meeting on the sidelines of the ASEAN Plus Three Summit in Hua Hin, Thailand, on Oct. 24. Hoping expanded exchanges in energy and resources sectors between the two countries, President Lee asked the Prime Minister for active support for overall operations of Laos-based Korean companies. The Prime Minister expressed appreciation for Korea's continuous developmental support for Laos.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to East Asian Countries