FM Chung meets with colleagues from the USA, Italy and Croatia during the OECD meeting


South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong held a series of bilateral talks with his counterparts from the United States, Italy and Croatia to discuss bilateral cooperation on the sidelines of a meeting of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), its office, said Wednesday.

Chung is in Paris to attend the ministerial meeting of the OECD Council that opened on Tuesday under the main theme “Shared Values: Building a Green and Inclusive Future”. South Korea and Luxembourg are vice chairmen of the meeting this year, with the US chairing it.

On Tuesday, Chung held a pull-aside meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

They agreed to have close communication on President Moon Jae-in’s recent proposal to declare a formal end to the Korean War of 1950-53, which Chung said would be a “meaningful” confidence-building measure.

Chung and Blinken also shared their assessments of the security situation on the Korean peninsula and discussed ways of resuming dialogue with the north, the ministry said.

The talks came after the two Koreas re-established cross-border lines of communication on Monday, less than two months after the North suspended them in protest at regular military exercises between South Korea and the US. The reactivation followed a series of rocket launches from the north, including a hypersonic missile test.

Chung also held talks with his Italian counterpart Luigi Di Maio. The two sides agreed to expand areas of bilateral cooperation to “future-oriented” sectors such as green industry, the ministry said.

Ministers also agreed to work together to ensure that the Group of 20 Summit, due to take place in Rome later this month, can deliver important outcomes on key agenda items such as responses to climate change and digital innovation.

Also in Paris, Chung held talks with his Croatian counterpart Gordan Grlic Radman.

Ministers agreed to explore ways to expand cooperation in future industries such as electric vehicles, and to work together to further deepen ties between countries through high-level exchanges as next year marks the 30th anniversary of bilateral relations.

On the same day, Chung held talks with OECD Secretary General Mathias Cormann. Chung reiterated South Korea’s commitment to efforts to establish international standards for climate protection, the digital economy and other sectors that require global collaboration.

During the OECD ministerial meeting, Chung emphasized South Korea’s will to expand its contributions to addressing the world’s upcoming problems by sharing the country’s political efforts to build an “inclusive” future after the COVID-19 pandemic. (Yonhap)


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