From Medvedev to Obama, Lee is superbooked

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From Medvedev to Obama, Lee is superbooked

Throughout next week, President Lee Myung-bak will engage in a series of bilateral meetings with world leaders visiting Korea to attend the Group of 20 Summit, a senior foreign affairs and security official at the Blue House said yesterday.

A total of 33 leaders of the world’s advanced and emerging economies as well as key international organizations will visit Seoul for the G-20 Summit on Thursday and Friday. A tightly arranged presidential diplomacy schedule awaits Lee.

On Wednesday, Lee will have bilateral meetings with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard. A meeting, joint media conference and dinner with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is also planned for that day. According to the Blue House source, Lee and Medvedev will focus on efforts to develop the two countries’ strategic cooperative partnership, particularly developing Russia’s natural gas reserve.

On Thursday, Lee will have bilateral meetings, including separate presidential summits, with the global superpowers. During his summit with U.S. President Barack Obama, Lee will discuss the bilateral free trade agreement issue, G-20 cooperation and the U.S.-Korea alliance. A joint press conference is planned after the summit to announce the outcome. Lee will also sit down with President Hu Jintao of China on the same day for their eighth bilateral summit.

On Thursday, Lee will meet with British Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. A summit with Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is also being arranged. Brazil’s President-elect Dilma Rousseff is also expected to come to Seoul. On Friday, the main G-20 Summit meetings will take place, and Lee will meet with French President Nicolas Sarkozy on the sidelines of the multilateral forum. France will host the G-20 Summit next year.

Before his departure to Japan on Saturday, Lee will meet with Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Seoul and Tokyo are scheduling a bilateral meeting for Lee and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan at next week’s APEC meeting in Yokohama.

After returning to Seoul, Lee will meet with Peruvian President Alan Garcia on Nov. 15. The Latin American leader is visiting Korea for three days starting Nov. 14.


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

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