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President Park proposes Korea-ASEAN security dialogue

President Park Geun-hye has proposed launching a Korea-ASEAN security dialogue at the 16th Association of the Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)-Republic of Korea Summit in Brunei on October 9.

Korea and the ten ASEAN-member countries will hold their first security meeting next year since all ASEAN leaders accepted her proposal, said Korean Deputy Foreign Minister Lee Kyung-soo at a briefing. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, the chair country, expressed his deep gratitude to Korea for its active cooperation with and support of ASEAN as well as for Korea’s substantial contribution to developing the ASEAN+3 cooperation framework.

President Park Geun-hye (fourth from left) poses for photos with other leaders at the Korea-ASEAN Summit in Brunei on October 9. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

President Park Geun-hye (fourth from left) poses for photos with other leaders at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit in Brunei on October 9. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)


President Park Geun-hye (fifth from left) poses for an official group photo with other leaders at the Korea-ASEAN Summit in Brunei on October 9. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)

President Park Geun-hye (fifth from left) poses for an official group photo with other leaders at the ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit in Brunei on October 9. (Photo: Cheong Wa Dae)


Sultan Bolkiah expressed his active support for President Park’s vision of a Korean Peninsula trust-building process and for her Northeast Asia peace initiative, saying that he trusts and supports all of President Park’s ASEAN-related policies, including the strengthening of the Korea-ASEAN free trade agreement (FTA).

“Both Korea and ASEAN consider each other important and both parties have made many efforts to improve bilateral ties. We’ve signed a Korea-ASEAN FTA, established the Korea-ASEAN center and have opened a Korean mission to the ASEAN. Next year, to mark the 25th anniversary of this relationship, Korea would like to hold a special Korea-ASEAN summit in December 2014,” said President Park.

The ten ASEAN-member countries welcomed the Korean government’s policies, which put an emphasis on Korea-ASEAN relations, and hope that both Korea and ASEAN can boost bilateral cooperation and build a stronger bilateral strategic partnership in the future.

President Park outlined her vision that Korea and ASEAN can further develop “a partnership of trust and happiness” which will allow them to work together to achieve common peace through upgraded cooperation in politics and security, co-prosperity through strengthened economic cooperation and co-development through boosted social and cultural ties.

To achieve this vision, President Park expressed her will to increase Korea-ASEAN cooperation by forming a new security dialogue, broaden the Korea-ASEAN FTA, establish a Korea-ASEAN Business Council and enhance bilateral cultural exchanges and cooperation through the Korea-ASEAN center.

ASEAN leaders expressed their appreciation for Korea’s contribution to narrowing the development gap and to boosting connectivity across the region, two of the key tasks set for the launch of the ASEAN Economic Community by 2015. “Korea will heighten and extend economic development cooperation with ASEAN. Korea will also strengthen cooperation by hosting the Mekong-ROK Foreign Ministers' Meeting in 2014 so that the Mekong region, too, can maintain its dynamic growth momentum and boost connectivity across ASEAN,” said the president.

By Wi Tack-whan, Yoon Sojung
Korea.net Staff Writers
whan23@korea.kr

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