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Australian PM Gillard to visit Korea this month


Julia Gillard

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard will visit Korea later this month for talks with President Lee Myung-bak on bolstering security and economic and cultural cooperation, the Blue House said yesterday.

During the April 23-25 visit, Gillard will also attend a ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of a fierce Korean War battle in which Australian forces fought off Chinese troops, will visit the border village of Panmunjom and will meet with veterans of the 1950-53 conflict, the office said.

In the summit on April 25, the two leaders will “discuss ways to promote substantial cooperation in security, economy and trade, resources and energy, and cultural and human exchanges between the two countries,” the office said in a statement.

The leaders will also discuss how to increase cooperation in international forums such as the G-20, the East Asia Summit and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, the office said. Gillard will hold a dinner meeting with local business leaders to talk about promoting economic cooperation and trade, the office said.

Gillard last visited Korea in November to attend the Seoul G-20 Summit and hold a bilateral meeting with Lee. Lee visited Australia in 2009.

Australia was one of 16 countries that fought in the Korean War alongside South Korea against invading North Korean troops and their Chinese supporters.

The Korean War ended in a truce in 1953.

South Korea and Australia forged diplomatic relations in 1961. The two countries designated this year the Korea-Australia Year of Friendship to commemorate the 50th anniversary of relations between the two countries.

Bilateral trade volume between the two countries amounted to $27 billion last year.

Korea, which imports a third of its total mineral resources from Australia, is the third largest export market for the country.


한글 관련 기사 [연합]
한-호주 정상, 25일 에너지ㆍ인적교류 논의
이명박 대통령과 줄리아 길라드 호주 총리는 오는 25일 청와대에서 정상회담을 열고 양국 현안에 대해 논의한다고 청와대가 12일 밝혔다.

이 대통령과 길라드 총리는 정상회담과 오찬을 함께 하고, 안보와 경제ㆍ통상, 액화천연가스(LNG) 개발사업을 비롯한 에너지, 문화, 인적교류 분야 등 양국 협력 증진 방안에 대해 의견을 교환한다.

양국 정상은 특히 G20(주요 선진20개국) 정상회의와 동아시아정상회의(EAS), 아시아태평양경제협력체(APEC) 등 국제회의에서 상호 협력 방안도 모색할 방침이다.

길라드 총리는 `한-호주 우정의 해 2011`을 맞아 23∼25일 방한하며, 경제계 인사들과 만나 경제협력과 투자증진 방안에 대해 협의한다. 또 한국전쟁 가평전투 60주년 기념식에 참석하고 판문점을 시찰한 뒤, 한국전 참전 용사들과도 만날 예정이다.

청와대 관계자는 "길라드 총리 방한은 지난 2009년 3월 이 대통령의 호주 방문 후 2년여 만의 양국 간 공식 방문"이라면서 "우호관계와 실질협력 강화에 도움이 될 것으로 기대한다"고 말했다.
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