Pres. Park, Visiting Deputy Prime Minister Aso Agree to Build Future-Oriented Relationship
Also among the foreign delegations was Japanese Deputy Prime Minister Taro Aso who met with President Park Geun-hye on her inauguration day.
Talks between President Park and Aso grabbed extra attention as they come amidst a souring of relations between Korea and Japan following Japan's celebration of Takeshima Day, held to promote Japan's claim to sovereignty over the Korea-controlled Dokdo-islets.
During their 25-minute meeting, President Park and Deputy Prime Minister Aso agreed the two countries need to stop dwelling on history and start building trust toward the establishment of a future-oriented relationship.
They said close bilateral cooperation was essential to maintaining peace in Northeast Asia, and resolving pending North Korea issues.
President Park did, however, call for greater efforts to clarify historical events and mend old wounds through a true understanding of the pain of the victims.
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