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Presidential trip to 4 South American countries
President Park Geun-hye is embarking on a journey to four South American countries, visiting Colombia, Peru, Chile and Brazil from April 16 to April 27. The president began her itinerary in Bogota, Colombia, from April 16 to 18, where she held summit talks with Colo...


President Lee's visits to Turkey, Middle East
President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok made a state visit to the Republic of Turkey, followed by a three-country whistle stop tour to Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates, from February 4 to 11. In Istanbul, the first destination of the presidential tour, President Lee attended a CEO roundtable...


The Road to Free Trade
To support a global free trade system, Korea has been proactively opening its markets and making efforts to expand free trade deals with other countries as a win-win strategy. Through free trade agreements, Korea and its trading partners will be able to increase the bilateral trade volume, eliminate tariffs on industri...


President Lee's state visit to China
President Lee Myung-bak is making his first overseas state visit of the year to the People’s Republic of China from January 9 to 11, at the invitation of Chinese President Hu Jintao. President Lee held a summit with President Hu and attended a state dinner on January 9. During the state visit, President Lee met with ...


President Lee's visit to Indonesia, Malaysia
President Lee Myung-bak visited Indonesia and Malaysia for two days from December 9. President Lee co-led the third Bali Democracy Forum in Indonesia on Dec. 9.  He was invited by Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono. The Bali Democracy Forum is a leader-level regional cooperation forum established by ...


President Lee visits Indonesia, Philippines
President Lee Myung-bak was on a series of state visits to Indonesia and Philippines from November 17 to 22. He was in Bali to take part in several major summits in Indonesia, which is the current host of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), and left for the Philippines subsequently on November 20 at the...


President Lee's visits to Russia, France
President Lee Myung-bak paid state visits to the Russian Federation and France from November 1 to 4. President Lee was in Saint Petersburg on November 1 to 2 and left for France subsequently to take part in the 6th G20 Summit to be held in Cannes on November 3 to 4. During his two-day stay in Russia, President Lee ...


Korea-Japan summit in Seoul 2011
President Lee Myung-bak (right) and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda held a summit on October 19 in Cheong Wa Dae. The two leaders agreed to expand the volume of won-yen currency swap from $13 billion to $70 billion in order to stabilize the financial markets of the two countries amid the growing uncertainty of t...


President Lee’s state visit to U.S.
President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok paid a state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Barack Obama from October 11 to 15. The two leaders attended an official welcoming ceremony on Oct. 13 and held a summit at the White House. On the summit agenda was how to boost economic ties, in...


President Lee's 3-day visit to U.S.
President Lee Myung-bak visited the United States to attend the United Nations General Assembly from September 20 to 23 with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. In New York, President Lee received the World Statesman Award from the Appeal of Conscience Foundation at a hotel on September 20. President Lee delivered a keynote sp...


President Lee's state visits to Mongolia, Uzbekistan, K...
President Lee Myung-bak paid state visits to, Mongolia, the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Republic of Kazakhstan from August 21 to 25 with First Lady Kim Yoon-ok. After arriving in the Mongolian capital of Ulan Bator on August 21, President Lee held a summit with President Tsakhia Elbegdorj on August 23. The two le...