President Moon met Pope Francis on 18th October in Vatican, local time. Moon was received by Archbishop Georg Ganswein to be led to the Pope.
“Glad to meet you” greeted Pope and Moon greeted back “Pleasure to meet you too” and added “Although I’m visiting in the clothes of president, I’m a Catholic and Timothy is my Christian name.”
Moon continued “I thank you for the mass yesterday wishing peace in the Korean Peninsula and I also thank you to pray for peace in the Korean Peninsula. When I visited Pyongyang last month, Kim mentioned your interest in peace and prosperity in the Korean Peninsula and suggested to meet you in Pyongyang. He said he would welcome you with all heart. Do you think Kim could send you an invitation?”
Pope said “It is already good enough you delivered his will in words but I would expect an invitation. I will give my answer and the answer will be YES. I strongly give my support for the current peace process in the Korean Peninsula. Please keep marching forward and do not fear.”
Pope added “I will pray for you and the peace” and Moon responded back “You are the teacher of the Catholic and the teacher of human race.”
Moon attended the 12th ASEM Summit held in Brussels, Belgium, on 19th October, local time, with the Chair’s Statement ‘Working Together for a Sustainable and Secure Future’. Moon gave speech twice: one at the first session for 4 minutes and another one at the luncheon and retreat session for 3 minutes.
At the first speech, he suggested visions of multilateral trade order and protection, inclusive growth and digital economy. Moon also introduced the Korean government’s New Northern Policy that will connect Korea to Europe through railway as well as New Southern Policy. At the second speech, he introduced the Korean government’s effort to bring complete denuclearization and permanent peace in the Korean Peninsula.
Moon met Donald Tusk, the president of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the president of the European Commission, on 19th October, local time. They discussed on the future direction of Korea-EU Strategic Partnership and exchanged opinions on the current global and Korean affairs and issues.
The EU leaders praised South Korea effort in advancing the cooperation based on the three core agreements: basic agreement, FTA and crisis management. The three leaders agreed to keep working together for elevation of multilateral trade. Moon also asked the two leaders’ interest in EU’s safeguard on Korean steel. (EU has applied safeguards on 23 steel products since 19th July).
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