President Park holds bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister
Ahead of the official opening of the G20 Leaders' Summit in Saint Petersburg, Russia, President Park held bilateral talks with Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta at the imperial Constantine Palace.
The meeting with the Italian leader is seen as President Park's first act of diplomacy towards Europe, and came just a couple of months before her scheduled trip to the region.
During the one-on-one summit, the two leaders discussed ways to expand cooperation in economic affairs and trade based on the Korea-EU FTA. and exchanged views on a variety of pending issues.
In particular, she asked Italy to take interest in the globalization of the inter-Korean Gaeseong Industrial Complex and her push for a creative economy.
President Park also expressed her vision for the future relationship of Korea and Italy, with next year marking the 130th anniversary since the two countries established diplomatic ties.
"Italy and Korea have maintained a very close relationship, and I hope the relationship could further develop in the future. I hope that today's summit will serve as a good opportunity to do so."
President Park also met with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and expressed her expectations for a thorough UN investigation on Syria's alleged use of chemical weapons.
The Korean president will continue on with her bilateral meetings with three more leaders -- Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday.
President Park and Merkel have met three times before, and her summit with the German chancellor this time around demonstrates her close friendship and strong cooperative ties.
"During bilateral talks with Russian President Vladmir Putin, President Park is expected to seek Moscow's support for her trust-building process with North Korea, as she did previously with U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Eoh Jin-joo, Arirang News, Saint Petersburg."
Reporter : firstname.lastname@example.org