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Korea-Laos Summit (July 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong of the Lao People's Democratic Republic at Cheong Wa Dae on the occasion of his official visit to Korea on July 4. The two leaders positively assessed the improved relations between their two countries and agreed to work closely together to advance the scope of practical cooperation in various sectors including economic and social development.

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Korea-Colombia Summit (June 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Juan Manuel Santos Calderon on June 25 in Bogota, on the occasion of his state visit to Colombia, the first visit by a Korean head of state to the South American nation. Marking the 50-year anniversary of bilateral diplomatic ties, the two leaders assessed the gradual development of the relations, and expressed satisfaction for the concluding of the Korea-Colombia free trade deal. President Lee conveyed his gratitude for Colombia’s support during the Korean War and his Colombian counterpart reaffirmed his support to the Korean government’s policy toward the peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia

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Korea-Chile Summit (June 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak met with President Sebastián Piñera of Chile for a bilateral summit on June 22 during his official visit to Chile. Marking the 50th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations, the two presidents assessed the growing bilateral ties and exchanged visions for future development. The two parties reaffirmed their commitment to further advancing the scope of practical cooperation in various sectors, taking note of the bridging roles each country plays in their respective regions. Both sides called for enhancing substantive cooperation in renewable energy and pledged to elevate the dimensions of bilateral cooperation into new realms.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia

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Korea-Australia Summit (June 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on June 20, on the sidelines of the Rio+20 in Rio De Janeiro, exchanging views on diverse topics of mutual interest including energy and resources cooperation, climate change, green growth, and security. The two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to green growth and the progress of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) established as an international body on the margins of the Rio+20. They also pledged to jointly cooperate on the North Korean issue alongside other regional affairs.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia

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Korea-Canada Summit (June 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper on June 18, on the sidelines of the G20 Los Cabos Summit in Mexico. Key topics of discussion included the upcoming 50-year anniversary of diplomatic ties, cooperation in the energy and resource sectors, and the current state of affairs on the Korean Peninsula. They expressed their approval of the growth in bilateral trade volume, which surpassed USD 10 billion last year, and agreed to coordinate efforts to strengthen the Special Partnership between Korea and Canada that was established in 1993 at the APEC summit. The two leaders also pledged to work closely to fulfill international obligations around North Korean issues.
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia

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Korea-Mexico Summit (June 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a bilateral talk with President Felipe Calderón of Mexico on June 17, on the sidelines of the G20 Los Cabos Summit in Mexico, exchanging views on diverse topics of mutual concern, including the G20 Summit as former and incumbent chairs. The two leaders stated their contentment with bilateral trade reaching a USD 12 billion breakthrough last year. Marking the 50th anniversary of bilateral ties, the two sides pledged to further strengthen cooperative measures of the bilateral strategic partnership. The two presidents also agreed to consolidate efforts in their partnership revolving around the Korean government-led Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI).
Current Affairs Presidential visit to Mexico, Brazil, Chile, Colombia

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Korea-Sweden Summit (May 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden on May 30, exchanging opinions on diverse issues of mutual interest including regional development around the Korean Peninsula and other issues concerning international arenas. The topics on the summit agenda ranged from ways to enhance substantive bilateral cooperation in promoting trade and investment to expanding the level of collaboration in science, research, and green growth. President Lee stated his appreciation for the inclusion of a Swedish pavilion and a visit by the king and queen to the Expo. The two sides agreed to further solidify cultural exchanges that have steadily developed along with the opening of the Korea Gallery at the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm last February.

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Korea-Paraguay Summit (May 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit with President Lugo Mendez of Paraguay on May 29 to evaluate the progress in bilateral relations in sectors such as trade, investment, and development. The two leaders evaluated the sector-wide expansion of mutual cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1962. They agreed to take the occasion of this year’s 50-year anniversary to further strengthen cooperation. President Lee expressed gratitude for Paraguay’s participation in Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea and requested the country’s continued support with regard to Koreans and Korean businesses active in the South American country.

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Korea-Guinea Summit (May 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a talk with President Alpha Condé of Guinea at Cheong Wa Dae on May 23, on the occasion of the Guinean president’s visit to Korea. They exchanged views on topics of mutual interest such as mineral resources, agriculture, and fisheries and discussed ways to further reinforce bilateral diplomatic ties, first established in 2006. President Lee welcomed Guinea’s participation in Expo 2012 Yeosu Korea and asked for the Guinean government’s continued interest in helping to promote trade in light of a growing number of Korean businesses active in the West African country.

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Korea-Myanmar Summit (May 2012)
President Lee Myung-bak held a summit talk with Myanmar’s President Thein Sein on May 14, on the occasion of the first state visit by a Korean president to Myanmar in 29 years. Talks between the two heads of state broached means of strengthening cooperation in the sectors of economy, trade, and cultural and human exchanges, alongside sharing of development experience. They also agreed to reinforce cooperative measures in the realms of energy, resource, and infrastructure development in Myanmar.