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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.


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.