Pres. Park leaves for 8-day trip to Russia & Vietnam
President Park is scheduled to attend the G20 Leaders' Summit on Thursday and Friday in the Russian city of Saint Petersburg.
This year's meeting will mainly focus on addressing the pending economic and financial issues that developed and emerging countries are divided on.
Such agenda items include countering the negative effects of Washington's plan to taper its stimulus program, ensuring financial stability, reforming the global financial system and preventing tax avoidance by multinational firms.
Other major topic points will be tackling unemployment and strengthening international development assistance.
President Park, at the request of Russian President Vladmir Putin, is expected to make a "lead speech" in the second working session on Friday, where she will emphasize the importance of international cooperation in creating more jobs amid slowing growth.
During her stay, President Park is also scheduled to hold bilateral talks with the leaders of four countries -- Italy, Germany, Kazakhstan and Russia.
The president will end her Russia trip on Saturday and then fly to Vietnam for a five-day state visit.
She will hold a bilateral summit with her Vietnamese counterpart Truong Tan Sang on Monday to discuss ways to strengthen cooperation on political, economic and cultural issues.
President Park will also pay a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam's biggest economic city, where some 18-hundred Korean companies operate and more than 85-thousand Korean residents live.
"President Park's trip to Vietnam aims at pushing ahead with her 'sales diplomacy' and emphasizing the importance of the ASEAN region as a long-term economic partner.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News."
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