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Korea-India Summit (January 2010)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh held a bilateral summit in New Delhi on Jan. 25 and agreed to boost the bilateral ties between the two countries to a "strategic partnership." The leaders also agreed to open a vice ministerial-level dialogue on foreign affairs and security, and pledged to reinforce their defense collaboration. Also, the bilateral trade is expected to reach US$30 billion by 2014 according to the leaders' agreement.


Korea-UAE Summit (December 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak and UAE President Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan held a summit in Abu Dhabi on Dec. 27. President Lee thanked Khalifa for the UAE's selection of a Korean consortium to build four nuclear power plants. Both leaders also agreed to strengthen ties in commerce, energy, construction and plants, while raising the level of their bilateral relationship to a strategic cooperative partnership.


15th UN Climate Change Conference (December 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak made a keynote speech at the 15th United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen Denmark on Dec. 17. The meeting was attended by leaders of over 100 countries. During the speech, President Lee said that Korea would establish a Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), a global think tank to fight climate change, within the first half of 2010. He also announced Korea's official bid to host the 18th UN Climate Change Conference (COP18) in 2012 at the meeting.


Korea-Canada Summit (December 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak met with visiting Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on Dec. 7, and discussed the achievements made during the international meetings the two leaders had participated in this year, including the G20 and APEC meetings. The leaders also dealt with other critical issues, such as civilian and industrial exchanges between the two countries, a Korea-Canada FTA, North Korean nuclear issues and the Copenhagen climate change summit.


Korea-Hungary Summit (December 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom held a summit at Cheong Wa Dae on Dec. 1, and celebrated the 20th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and Hungary. The two leaders agreed to expand exchanges in the areas of personnel, trade, investment, culture, and academia. President Lee called for Hungary's support for early ratification of the Korea-EU Free Trade Agreement that was tentatively signed in 2009 while President Solyom proposed further cooperation in the science and technology sector and called for Korea's establishment of a Korean Cultural Center in Hungary.


Korea-Senegal Summit (November 2009)
Korean President Lee Myung-bak met President Abdoulaye Wade of the Republic of Senegal at Cheong Wa Dae on Nov. 23 and discussed mutual concerns including Korea-Africa relations. President Lee gave a positive evaluation on increasing trade between Korea and Senegal, and asked President Wave to lend his support for Korean companies' participation in Senegal's infrastructure building projects. President Wade expressed his appreciation for the Korean government's continuous developmental support for his country and hoped that Korean private investment into Senegal would expand.


Korea-U.S. Summit (November 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak and U.S. President Barack Obama met for a summit at Cheong Wa Dae on Nov. 19. They agreed to pursue the 'grand bargain' North Korea strategy initiated by President Lee in New York in September. The leaders also reaffirmed the solid Korea-U.S. security readiness and concurred on the further development of their security alliance. Lee and Obama gave high marks to the September G20 Summit in Pittsburgh and promised to work together to make the fifth G20 Summit a success. That summit is slated to be held in Seoul in 2010. They also agreed to work together to expedite ratification of the Korea-U.S. FTA.


APEC Economic Leaders Meeting (November 2009)
President Lee Myung-bak at the 17th APEC Economic Leaders Meeting held in Singapore from Nov. 14 to 15 engaged in in-depth exchanges of opinions with world leaders on global economy and the reforms that should come after overcoming the crisis. The leaders agreed on the importance of keeping up global coordination to overcome the economic crisis and pursue stable and sustainable growth for the future. They also concurred to strengthen free trade through supporting open markets and a speedy conclusion of the Doha Development Agenda.


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.


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.