Moon’s Europe vacation has packed agenda

Following his initially abroad trip to the US in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic final month, President Moon Jae-in is now heading to Europe with a packed agenda.

The president is scheduled to depart for the United kingdom on Friday to go to the G-7 summit in Cornwall on June 11-13 and then journey on to Austria and Spain to make condition visits until finally up coming week.

Inspite of the packed timetable, the measurement of the delegation has been diminished when compared to former several years but this time initial lady Kim Jung-sook is accompanying the president. She could not join Moon’s Washington journey owing to heightened quarantine measures.

South Korea is collaborating in this year’s gathering of the seven biggest economies — the initially in-particular person meeting in two decades — along with other visitor nations Australia, India and South Africa. Moon was invited to very last year’s G-7 held in the US but the conference was canceled because of to the pandemic.

The president will show up at three extended team periods to go over health and fitness care, financial system and climate change, with vaccine partnerships probable topping the agenda.

Three confirmed summit meetings involve individuals with the United kingdom, Australia and EU. Cheong Wa Dae did not rule out impromptu meetings or conversations with other heads of state during the 3-day remain.

Speculation is also expanding about a possible trilateral assembly with US President Joe Biden and Japanese Primary Minister Yoshihide Suga as their accumulating arrives amid Biden’s force to bolster ties with the Asian allies in response to a much more assertive China in the region. Seoul officers stated there is no conference confirmed for now.

Immediately after the G-7 concludes, the president is flying to Austria to make a condition stop by on June 14-15. This is the initial time for a South Korean president to make a check out to Austria since the two nations proven ties back in 1892.

In the course of the two-working day remain, he designs to keep meetings with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Primary Minister Sebastian Kurz. A high-class supper conference is also prepared to be organized to welcome the presidential couple.

Then, he will make a further condition visit to Spain on June 15-17, starting to be the initially overseas leader to visit the nation considering the fact that the COVID-19 pandemic. He will have conferences with Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and show up at business enterprise conferences held in Madrid and Barcelona.

Following a weeklong trip, Moon is established to return to Korea on June 18.

By Lee Ji-yoon (jylee@heraldcorp.com)