Joe Biden to host Korea's Moon Jae In for White House talks

World | 30 Apr 2021 1:53 pm

South Korean President Moon Jae In and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold their first summit talks in Washington on May 21, the allies announced Friday, Yonhap reports.

Moon is scheduled to visit the U.S. capital for the one-on-one summit to be held at the White House at Biden's invitation, according to Chung Man-ho, senior presidential office secretary for public communication.

He said the decision to hold an in-person summit despite the "difficult" situations attributable to the  pandemic demonstrates the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance.

Through the upcoming talks, the two sides are expected to reaffirm the strength of the alliance and further develop "comprehensive and reciprocal cooperation" and friendship between their leaders and people, Chung added in a statement.

In addition, Moon and Biden plan to have in-depth discussions on close coordination for the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and establishment of permanent peace, Chung said. Also among agenda items are "substantial" ties in the economy and trade and a joint response to such global challenges as climate change and the coronavirus.

White House spokesperson Jen Psaki earlier made a related announcement, saying the planned summit will highlight the "ironclad" alliance between the two countries.

"President Biden looks forward to welcoming Republic of Korea President Moon Jae-in to the White House on May 21," Psaki said in a statement. "President Moon's visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the United States and the Republic of Korea, and the broad and deep ties between our governments, people and economies."

The countries earlier said the summit will be held in the second half of next month.

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