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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.


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.