G7, Australia, AZ CEO, Netherlands and SICA

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1. Remarks by President Moon Jae-in Leaving Cornwall after G7 Summit

(PowerKorea) I was invited to the G7 Summit and successfully wrapped up all of the scheduled events. The leaders participating from countries that are responsible members of the global community exchanged candid views on relevant topics – healthcare, open societies, climate and environmental issues. We, too, pledged to play a part – commensurate with our national stature and strength – in making the world sustainable. Importantly, we stressed our role as a bridge between advanced and developing countries. 

The meetings held on the sidelines of the G7 Summit have been very meaningful. AstraZeneca’s CEO Pascal Soriot and I discussed cooperation in vaccine production. German Chancellor Merkel and I exchanged opinions on how to work together on Germany’s advanced vaccine development. Australian Prime Minister Morrison and I talked about cooperation in the hydrogen economy. At the meeting with President of the European Council Michel and President of the European Commission Leyen, we concurred on the need for green and digital cooperation.

President Macron of France and I pledged to promote cooperation going forward in such areas as cutting-edge technology, culture and education. This will provide opportunities to broaden our diplomatic horizon as well as expand and advance cooperation in the digital and green sectors. My first face-to-face encounter with Prime Minister Suga of Japan was a precious moment that could have marked a new beginning in bilateral relations, but I regret that it did not lead to an official meeting. 

While participating in the G7 Summit, two historical events lingered in my mind. One was the International Peace Conference held in The Hague in 1907. The patriotic martyr Yi Jun, a secret emissary of our Emperor, arrived there via the Trans-Siberian Railway to call attention to imperial Japan’s deprivation of Korea’s diplomatic rights, but he couldn’t even enter the conference room. The other was the Potsdam Conference, through which the Korean Peninsula’s division was decided. We were not even able to speak up as our fate was determined by the major powers of the day.

Today, the Republic of Korea has become one of the world’s 10 largest economies and a country where people – with unrivaled civic awareness – act in unison for democracy, epidemic prevention and control and carbon neutrality. Now, we have become a nation that can determine our own destiny and engage in mutual support and cooperation with other countries.

Many countries hope to work together with us. We are also able to raise our own voice for a sustainable world. It is truly a proud achievement made possible by our people.

Throughout the G7 Summit, I took part in meetings fully cognizant of my representing the Korean people. I am proud of the Republic of Korea. 

Thank you very much.

2. Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Korea-Australia Summit on Sidelines of G7 Summit

Prime Minister Morrison, I am glad to see you. We meet again in a significant year, one that marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. With the recent election of Mathias Cormann as the new OECD Secretary-General, Australia has helped further enhance the Asia-Pacific region’s status in the international community. Moreover, Australia has set an example in overcoming the COVID-19 crisis under your leadership.

I am all the more pleased that the Republic of Korea has been invited to the G7 Summit along with Australia, our eternal friend. Our two countries will work together for the success of the G7 Summit convened to create an inclusive international order. Cooperation between friendly nations upholding shared values has become more important at a time when the international order is undergoing rapid changes due to COVID-19, the climate crisis and the transition to a low-carbon and digital economy. I hope that our countries will jointly contribute to stabilizing the global supply chain and strengthen our low-carbon technology- and hydrogen-related cooperation.

I hope that today’s summit with the Australian Prime Minister will further develop our two countries’ friendly, cooperative relations and allow us to join forces in national infrastructure, national defense and the defense industry, thereby making joint contributions to peace in the region.

1. Opening Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Meeting with AstraZeneca’s CEO on Sidelines of G7 Summit

The thick fog here up until yesterday has given way to bright, shiny sunshine today. Chief Executive Officer Pascal Soriot, I am glad to meet you here. AstraZeneca’s vaccine is the one Korea has used first and most often to inoculate its people so it carries all the more significance. 

Importantly, as the vaccine has been produced in Korea by SK directly through technology transfer, it has helped Koreans feel more secure about receiving shots. In addition, this has enabled Korea to take the important first step toward emerging as a global vaccine production hub. I am deeply grateful to your company.

Thanks to your leadership and bold development of new drugs, it has become possible to quickly develop COVID-19 vaccines. Notably, many countries around the world are benefitting from you having placed a greater focus on supplying vaccines swiftly rather than making them rely on imports.     

Korea will actively work together to resolve the global vaccine shortage. I hope that AstraZeneca will also utilize our production capacity, so the world can be supplied vaccines more smoothly. I ask for your special attention so Korea’s inoculation plan can proceed stably. 

Thank you.

2. Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at Korea-Netherlands Summit Held Online

I am glad to see you Prime Minister Rutte. First of all, I would like to extend my sympathy to the people of the Netherlands who are suffering shock from the recent shooting.

I am very pleased to see you again following our meeting at the P4G Seoul Summit in May. It is all the more meaningful to hold this virtual summit in the year when we celebrate the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries.

The Netherlands and the Republic of Korea formed a comprehensive, future-oriented partnership on the occasion of your visit to Korea in 2016. Your attendance in person at the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games lent tremendous support to our hosting the event as a peace Olympics. I am deeply grateful to you and the people of the Netherlands for your unwavering friendship.

The Netherlands is special to Korea. Koreans harbor deep in their hearts the noble sacrifices of Dutch soldiers who fought in the Korean War. 

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, our two countries have cooperated in various areas. Among European countries, the Netherlands has become the biggest investor to Korea and the third largest destination of Korea’s investments. As evidenced by our trade volume last year increasing more than 20 percent despite the COVID-19 crisis, the Netherlands and Korea have become an important country for each other.  

The peoples of our two countries are creative and dynamic. Both countries build upon innovation and the spirit to take on challenges to jointly pioneer cutting-edge industries, such as semiconductors and new and renewable energy. We share the values of democracy, human rights, free trade and multilateralism and work closely together on pending global issues.

I hope that today’s summit serves as an opportunity to take the friendship and trust that the peoples of our two countries have shared for the past 60 years to new heights. 

Thank you.

3. Remarks by President Moon Jae-in at 4th Korea-SICA Summit Held Online

Thank you President Alvarado. We meet again after seeing each other at the P4G Seoul Summit this past May. It is my pleasure to meet the leaders of the SICA member states and Secretary General Cerezo. I am pleased that this Korea-SICA Summit is being held in a year that is so meaningful in many ways – the 200th anniversary of the independence of Central America, the 40th anniversary of Belize’s independence, the 30th anniversary of the launch of SICA and the 35th anniversary of the Central American Peace Accords.

Koreans are so passionate and dynamic that they are called the Latinos of Asia. Though Korea is on the opposite side of the earth from SICA’s members, our peoples are close emotionally. We have always prevailed over various challenges together with a positive mindset over the past 25 years since our inaugural summit. Korea became a non-regional SICA observer in 2012 and is the first Asian country to conclude FTAs with five Central American countries. In August, Korea will become a permanent board member at the Central American Bank for Economic Integration. I am very pleased to see Korea joining SICA’s pursuit of common prosperity.

Even amid the COVID-19 crisis, Korea and SICA practiced solidarity and cooperation by sharing epidemic prevention and control supplies and related experiences. Now, we intend to further broaden the horizon of our cooperation and solidarity. Korea actively supports the effort by SICA members to achieve regional integration and sustainable economic progress by establishing stable governance. I look forward to Korea and SICA also further expanding inclusive and future-oriented cooperation. 

Thank you. 

Source: South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs

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