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Korea-Israel Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak met with visiting Israeli President Shimon Peres on June 10 and exchanged opinions on cooperation in trade, investment, renewable energy and science and technology. The two leaders expressed satisfaction over the friendly ties that the two countries have enjoyed since their diplomatic relationship started in 1962.


Korea-Singapore Summit (June 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong held intensive discussions on bilateral cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, green growth and culture. Both leaders welcomed the Memorandum of Understanding signed between their countries in the fields of medicines and joint development for third countries. Further agreements were made on cultural and personnel exchange between the two nations, including the establishment of a Korea Culture Center in Singapore in the near future.


The third Trilateral Summit (May 2010)
The three leaders of Korea, Japan and China agreed to continue to discuss the sinking of the Korean naval ship Cheonan. They also presented a Vision 2020 that stipulated future cooperation and exchange among the three countries for the next 10 years and agreed to establish a Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat in Korea. The three leaders further agreed to endeavor to complete a joint study for a free trade agreement among China, Japan and Korea by 2012 and also work to realize an investment treaty within the next few months.


Korea-Japan Summit (May 2010)
Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama, in his summit meeting with Korean President Lee Myung-bak said Japan will offer its full support for South Korea’s position regarding the sinking of the Cheonan ship when addressed at the UN Security Council. In regards to Korea-Japan FTA President Lee suggested upgrading the working-level talks to accelerate the negotiations. Hatoyama answered that Japan will reflect on the history of the past of 100 years with Korea and that concluding an FTA is important.


Korea-China Summit (May 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak explained the outcome of the investigation to Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and asked for the Chinese cooperation on the issue. Premier Wen said that the sinking of the Cheonan was unfortunate expressed the condolence to the families of the victims. Also during the summit meeting the two leaders agreed on other details like concluding the joint study on Korea-China FTA, reopening a Korea-China employment permit system and expanding youth exchanges among others.


Korea-Bangladesh Summit (May 2010)
Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina visited Seoul at the invitation of Korean President Lee Myung-bak from May 16 to 18. On the last day of her trip, the two leaders held a bilateral summit at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae and exchanged their thoughts on a variety of agenda items including bilateral, regional and international concerns.


Korea-China Summit (April 2010)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao in Shanghai on Apr. 30 and exchanged opinions on the latest issues concerning the two countries. The leaders held talks over the recent sinking of South Korean warship and agreed on a closer coordination between government and businesses sectors in order to grow their bilateral trade volume. As for the Korea-China FTA, Lee and Hu agreed to pursue the best way possible as soon as the experts wrap up the joint study on that field.


Korea-Netherlands Summit (April 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende held a bilateral summit at Lee's office on Wednesday (Apr. 28). They held a broad discussion about growing bilateral economic and industrial ties and ways to cooperate in combating the global financial crisis, climate change and implementing green growth policies. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction about the continuously developing ties between Korea and the Netherlands since their diplomatic relationship began in 1961 and pledged to further strengthen such ties.


Korea-Kazakhstan Summit (April 2010)
On April 22, 2010, Presidents Lee Myung-bak and Nursultan A. Nazarbayev of the Republic of Kazakhstan held a summit at Cheong Wa Dae. President Nazarbayev is visiting Korea April 21-23. The two presidents had in-depth discussions on issues of mutual interest, including cooperation in the regional and international arena and ways to enhance substantive bilateral collaboration in such areas as energy, resources, construction, infrastructure, agriculture and information technology.


Korea-Maldives Summit (April 2010)
President Lee Myung-bak and Maldives President Mohamed Nasheed had a meeting on the sidelines of the B4E summit held in Seoul on Apr. 22. President Lee expressed appreciation for his counterpart's efforts in dealing with climate change, while explaining Korea's low carbon and green growth policies. The two leaders agreed to cooperate in combatting climate change, based upon the world leaders' agreement reached at the Copenhagen meeting in December 2009.