(PowerKorea) South Korean Minister of Foreign Affairs Chung Eui-yong received a courtesy call from U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Wendy R. Sherman on the morning of July 22 and exchanged views on the follow-up measures to the recent ROK-U.S. Summit, Korean Peninsula issues, and regional and global affairs.
Chung offered his congratulations to Deputy Secretary Sherman, who has extensive expertise on the ROK-U.S. Alliance and the North Korean nuclear issue, on assuming her position and asked her to closely communicate and cooperate with her ROK partners to further advance the Alliance.
Sherman said that her visit reflects the great importance the U.S. attaches to the ROK-U.S. Alliance, which is the linchpin of peace, security, and prosperity in Northeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific region, and reiterated her commitment to work toward the advancement of the Alliance.
Chung emphasized the comprehensive achievements made at the ROK-U.S. Summit held in May, which cover diverse areas including Alliance issues, Korean Peninsula issues, economic and substantive cooperation, and global issues, and asked Sherman for close cooperation in ensuring full implementation of the follow-up measures.
Chung and Sherman reaffirmed their commitment to complete denuclearization and establishment of permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, which is a shared goal confirmed by the leaders of the ROK and the U.S. during their recent Summit, and shared the view that diplomacy and dialogue are essential for achieving the goal. Chung and Sherman committed to continuing close cooperation at all levels to bring North Korea back to dialogue.
They also exchanged views on other regional and global issues such as the situation in Myanmar and climate change, and agreed to deepen cooperation in addressing those issues.
2. Outcome of Korea-Chile Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Chung met with Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Chile Andrés Allamand, who is on a visit to the Republic of Korea, on July 21 and exchanged views on issues of mutual interest, including Korea-Chile relations, negotiations to upgrade the Korea-Chile FTA, Korea’s accession to the Pacific Alliance (PA) as its associated member, and green hydrogen and digital cooperation.
Chung noted with appreciation that Chile was Korea’s first FTA partner and the two countries have seen remarkable achievement in strengthening bilateral relations and upholding universal values such as democracy and human rights based on close communication between their two leaders, including Chilean President Sebastián Piñera’s state visit to Korea in April 2019 and the telephone conversation between the two presidents in October last year.
Allamand mentioned that he made a visit exclusively to Korea despite the COVID-19 to strengthen cooperation with Korea and voiced hope to enhance mutual understanding and increase people-to-people exchanges including high-level exchanges on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations next year.
Chung noted with satisfaction that bilateral trade and investment have expanded, with a nearly threefold increase in the total trade volume (from $1.57 billion in 2003 to $4.39 billion in 2020) since the Korea-Chile FTA came into effect in 2004, and requested the Chilean government’s cooperation for Korea’s accession to the PA as an associated member.
Allamand welcomed that Korea has become Chile’s key trading partner thanks to the Korea-Chile FTA and requested Korea’s cooperation for the negotiations on upgrading the Korea-Chile FTA to meet the changed international economic environment.
Allamand also mentioned that regarding Korea’s accession to the PA as an associated member, Chile would consult with other members as former chairing country so that accession negotiations could begin as early as next year.
The two foreign ministers agreed to strengthen substantive cooperation in diverse areas such as climate change, green hydrogen economy, infrastructure, digital economy, and Antarctic cooperation. In particular, they agreed to further increase cooperation to create links between Korea’s Green and Digital New Deal and Chile’s Green Recovery and Digital Transformation, taking advantage of potential for cooperation that can be pursued under the two initiatives.
Allamand explained that the Chilean government is working to implement a green hydrogen economy based on Chile’s abundant renewable energy including solar and wind power and stated the need to create synergy with Korea’s outstanding technology such as hydrogen cars and hydrogen fuel cell.
Chung explained the current situation on the Korean Peninsula and requested the Chilean government’s support for the Korean government’s efforts to establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula. Chung also stated Korea’s willingness to expand cooperation with Latin American and Caribbean countires that has been shown through a series of summits, including the latest Korea-U.S. summit on May 21, the Korea-Spain summit on June 16, and the Korea-SICA summit on June 25.
Allamand reaffirmed the will of the Chilean government to support the Korean Peninsula peace process. Minister Allamand also explained the difficult political and economic situation in the Latin American and Caribbean regions under the COVID-19 circumstance and appreciated Korea’s contribution to regional stability.
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