President Park Geun-hye will visit Russia and Vietnam next month, Cheong Wa Dae said Tuesday. Park will go to St. Petersburg from Sept. 4 to 7 to attend the G20 summit and then head to Vietnam for a state visit.
The G20 summit brings together leaders of the member nations as well as six guest countries and seven international organizations including the UN and IMF. It marks Park's debut in multilateral diplomacy and, at the request of the chair country Russia, she will deliver the lead speech.
The speech will focus on the Korean government's hopes of achieving 70 percent employment and nurturing a creative economy.
Meanwhile, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida met Korea's Ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee on Monday night and requested a meeting between Park and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of the G20 summit.
Kishida told Lee that the Abe administration's attitude to history is "no different" than that of previous Japanese governments. Cheong Wa Dae said no decision had been made.
Relations between the neighbors have chilled to near-freezing due to the Japanese government's lurch to the far right.