Lee Kicks off Trip to Europe

  • Arirang News

    May 09, 2011 10:19

    President Lee Myung-bak arrived in Berlin, Germany on Sunday on the first leg of a week-long tour to three major European countries.

    In Germany Lee is holding summit meetings with President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday to discuss ways to strengthen ties between the two nations.

    He is also expected to meet with those who played a significant role in Germany's reunification as well as CEOs of major businesses and local Korean residents.

    On Wednesday Lee is scheduled to visit Copenhagen, Denmark and attend a state dinner hosted by Queen Margaret the Second, followed by a summit with the Danish prime minister the following day.

    He will also attend the opening ceremony of the Copenhagen branch of the Global Green Growth Institute and sign a joint statement on the Korea-Denmark strategic partnership and another one for green cooperation.

    For the last leg of the trip Lee is slated to arrive in Paris on Thursday for a three-day visit. He will sit down with French President Nicholas Sarkozy to talk about ways to further advance the G20 Summit as the hosts of the last and next international forum, respectively. They will also exchange views on issues such as the Korea-EU free trade agreement which is expected to take effect this summer.

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