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Lee Myung-bak to meet Barack Obama at G?20

Mar 27,2009
President Lee Myung-bak will meet with American President Barack Obama next Thursday in London on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, the Blue House said yesterday. It will be their first meeting.

In addition to global financial issues, Lee will address the U.S.-South Korea alliance and North Korea issues during the summit, according to the presidential office in Seoul.

“Because the meeting is taking place on the sidelines of the G-20 financial summit, coordination of macro-economic policies and efforts to fight trade protectionism will be discussed by the two leaders,” a senior Blue House official said.

“In addition to the bilateral alliance, the coordinated response of the two nations to North Korea’s nuclear and missile issues will be discussed.”

He said the meeting will be an opportunity for the two leaders to build trust and confirm common interests.

Lee will depart for London on Tuesday. The G-20 summit takes place on Wednesday and Thursday of next week.

During the session, Lee will share Korea’s experience in dealing with toxic financial assets from the 1997 foreign exchange crisis, the Blue House said.

Lee will also have a series of bilateral summits with his British, Chinese, Canadian and Australian counterparts during the event. Lee will also meet with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the Blue House official said.


By Ser Myo-ja [myoja@joongang.co.kr]


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