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Moon finally gets phone time with Biden

President Moon Jae-in, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden.  [YONHAP]

President Moon Jae-in, left, and U.S. President Joe Biden. [YONHAP]

 
President Moon Jae-in spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden for the first time Thursday morning and agreed to strengthen the bilateral alliance.
 
"I just had a great conversation with President Joe Biden," Moon wrote in a statement posted on social media networks including Facebook. "I welcomed 'America's return' in the midst of mounting global challenges such as Covid-19, climate change and economic polarization.  
 
"President Biden and I pledged to further upgrade the [Korea-U.S.] alliance, an alliance that is anchored in shared values," Moon wrote. "We will always stand together as we work for peace on the Korean Peninsula and tackle global challenges."  
 
Moon concluded his message with a slogan associated with the Korea-U.S. alliance for decades. "We go together!" he wrote.  
 
After his inauguration, Biden started a series of calls to foreign leaders starting with the Canadian prime minister on Jan. 22. He spoke with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga last week.
 
BY SER MYO-JA   [ser.myoja@joongang.co.kr]
 
 
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