Moon to visit European countries for ASEM meeting, bilateral summits

SEOUL, Oct. 9 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in will embark on a nine-day trip to Europe on Saturday to participate in an Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) summit and discuss bilateral cooperation and peace on the Korean Peninsula, the presidential office said Tuesday.

Moon will visit France and Italy from Oct. 13-18 and the Vatican from Oct. 17-18, Kim Eui-kyeom, spokesman for Cheong Wa Dae, said during a press briefing. Moon will then take part in the 12th ASEM summit in Brussels, Belgium, from Oct. 18-19 and fly to Denmark for the last leg of the trip, he said.

In Paris, he will seek diplomatic and security cooperation with France, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. His agenda in Italy will focus on cooperation with science, technology and new industry fields.

At the Vatican, Moon will seek Pope Francis' blessing and support for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and discuss ways for future cooperation with the Vatican.

Moon will also deliver North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's invitation for the pope to visit Pyongyang.

"Chairman Kim said he will 'ardently welcome the pope if he visits Pyongyang,'" the spokesman said.

At the ASEM summit in Brussels, Moon will speak on how his "inclusive growth" policy will contribute to the world's sustainable growth goals, according to the spokesman.

He will also hold a summit with European Council President Donald Tusk to discuss ways to further strategic partnership as the two sides mark the 55th year of diplomatic ties this year.

Moon will then fly into Denmark to attend a top-level meeting of the Partnering for Green Growth and Global Goals 2030 (P4G), a Denmark-inspired network of global leaders and innovators seeking breakthrough solutions for green growth. He will emphasize South Korea's efforts to promote eco-friendly growth and help developing countries for sustainable development.

He will also seek to expand cooperation with Denmark in biological technologies and fighting climate change, Kim said.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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