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President Park to visit U.S. for summit with Obama in May

President Park Geun-hye will hold summit talks with U.S. President Barack Obama on May 7 at the White House, Cheong Wa Dae said on April 16.
President Park will visit her U.S. counterpart in Washington, D.C. from May 6 to 8, the first summit since her inauguration, said Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Yoon Chang-jung.

The two leaders will discuss a wide range of issues, including the Korea-U.S. free trade agreement, the progress and new direction of the Korea-U.S. alliance, and ways to strengthen bilateral cooperation in regard to North Korea and peace in the Northeast Asian region.
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President Park Geun-hye (left) and U.S. President Barack Obama (photo: Yonhap News)


“The upcoming presidential visit, her first overseas trip since the inauguration, will provide an important opportunity for the two countries not only to value the bilateral relations and set a new direction of cooperation but also upgrade the comprehensive strategic alliance between the two countries since this year marks the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance,” said the presidential spokesman. “This visit will hold significance, as the Seoul-Washington alliance is essential, considering the current situation of the Korean Peninsula. The upcoming presidential visit is expected to mark an important cornerstone for upgrading Korea-U.S. ties a global partnership alliance.”

During her U.S. trip, President Park will also attend a banquet to mark the 60th anniversary of the Korea-U.S. alliance, a luncheon with the American Chamber of Commerce, and meet with Koreans living in America.

President Park will also visit New York for two days prior to her trip to Washington, D.C. Her New York itinerary includes a meeting with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. She will also visit Los Angeles before flying back to Seoul to attend a lunch with LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.

By Yoon Sojung
arete@korea.kr

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