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Korea-U.S.-Japan Summit (March 2014)
Leaders of South Korea, the U.S. and Japan agreed with one voice that a nuclear-armed North Korea is “unacceptable,” as they sat together on the sidelines of the 3rd Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 25.

During the three-way talks, the first in six years, South Korean President Park Geun-hye, U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe stressed the importance of trilateral unity in dealing with the issue of North Korean nuclear armaments.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Netherlands, Germany

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Korea-Netherlands Summit (March 2014)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte in The Hague, Netherlands, on March 24. The two leaders discussed ways to substantially boost cooperation in energy, science, technology, agriculture and nuclear energy. They also exchanged in-depth opinions on how to enhance people-to-people exchanges and ways to cooperate in responding to global issues.

President Park told her Dutch counterpart that she is glad to visit the Netherlands again, mentioning her previous visit in 2011 which marked the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and the Netherlands. She said her visit holds significance as this is the first official visit to the Netherlands for a Korean head of state since the two countries started diplomatic relations.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Netherlands, Germany

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Korea-Canada Summit (March 2014)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on March 11. The two leaders announced the conclusion of the Korea-Canada free trade agreement (FTA). They urged North Korea to give up its nuclear program in order to pursue sustainable peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.

"As we conclude negotiations on the free trade agreement between Korea and Canada, we are pleased to express our strong commitment to raising our relationship to a new level," said President Park and her Canadian counterpart in the joint statement adopted by the two leaders. Both leaders said they will, “strengthen bilateral cooperation in political, economic, cultural and people-to-people exchanges, as well as other realms, and expand strategic collaboration in regional and international fora.”

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Korea- Lithuania Summit (February 2014)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Lithuanian President Dalia Grybauskaitė at Cheong Wa Dae on February 18 to discuss ways to expand cooperation on trade, investment, energy, infrastructure and IT.

President Park told her counterpart that Korea and Lithuania have been developing their friendship since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1991. She hoped that both Korea and Lithuania could further strengthen the momentum for bilateral cooperation across a wider variety of areas thanks to the Lithuanian leader’s Korea visit.

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Korea-Switzerland Summit (January 2014)
President Park Geun-hye paid a state visit to Switzerland and held summit talks with Swiss President Didier Burkhalter in Bern on January 21. The two leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation in science, technology, vocational training and education.

The leaders agreed to incubate talented human resources in forward-looking technologies, backed by Switzerland’s vocational education system, and in this respect signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to cooperate on vocational training.
Current Affairs Presidential visits to India, Switzerland

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Korea-India Summit (January 2014)
President Park Geun-hye, currently on a state visit to India, held summit talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on January 16 in New Delhi. The two leaders adopted a joint statement in which they agreed to develop the bilateral strategic partnership in a substantive, concrete manner.

In order to further develop the ties for the next four decades, the two leaders presented a common vision with three elements: “a stronger high level of political cooperation, an open economic and trade environment and deeper cultural understanding.”
Current Affairs Presidential visits to India, Switzerland

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Korea-Singapore Summit (December 2013)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at Cheong Wa Dae on December 11 to discuss ways to cooperate in trade, construction and the creative economy.

President Park praised Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s leadership by saying that Singapore has been maintaining a high level of economic growth even though the world economy is still experiencing difficulties.

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Korea-Laos Summit (November 2013)
President Park Geun-hye and Laotian President Choummaly Sayasone discussed ways to boost bilateral cooperation between Korea and Laos at Cheong Wa Dae on November 22.

The two presidents exchanged opinions on how to deepen Korea-Laos cooperation in politics and business, and how to broaden bilateral cultural exchanges and people-to-people exchanges. They also discussed cooperation on how to respond to regional issues involving the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia, the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and international issues on the global stage.

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Korea- Kyrgyzstan Summit (November 2013)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Kyrgyzstani President Almazbek Atambayev on November 19 in Seoul to discuss bilateral relations and cooperation.

The two leaders exchanged opinions on enhancing cooperation across a wide range of sectors, including energy, resources, agriculture, development and people-to-people exchanges. They also discussed cooperation on joint responses to issues involving the Korean Peninsula, regional issues and international issues.

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Korea-Russia Summit (November 2013)
President Park Geun-hye held summit talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at Cheong Wa Dae on November 13. The two leaders had a constructive discussion on the Seoul-Moscow relationship and agreed to cooperate on a wide range of global issues and across many sectors.

President Park explained to the Russian leader how important Korea-Russia cooperation is as Seoul follows through on its policies to strengthen Eurasian cooperation. The Russian president emphasized that Moscow regards its cooperation with Seoul as very important, mentioning his government’s development projects in the Russian Far East and in Siberia and his economic reform plans. The two presidents agreed to enhance cooperation in politics and security in a strategic, mutually beneficial manner in order to achieve co-prosperity for both countries and to build peace on the Korean Peninsula and in Northeast Asia.