Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Presidential visit to Germany, Denmark, France

President Lee Myung-bak and First Lady Kim Yoon-ok are making an official visit to Germany, Denmark and France from May 8 to May 14.

President Lee arrived in Berlin on May 8 for summit talks with President Christian Wulff and Chancellor Angela Merkel the next day. The two leaders discussed bilateral trade and investment between Korea and Germany, ways to enhance cooperation in economy and renewable energy sectors and green growth.

President Lee then moved to Denmark on May 11 for a state visit at the invitation of Queen Margrette II.

President Lee’s itinerary in Denmark includes the opening ceremony of the Copenhagen branch of the Global Green Growth Institute, where he will meet with Danish business leaders, and delivering a speech at the Korea-Denmark Green Industries Consultative Forum.

In addition, he will give a Joint Statement on the Korea-Denmark Strategic Partnership and a Joint Statement for Green Cooperation between Korea and Denmark. There will also be an MOU signing ceremony between green technology organizations from both countries.

After finishing up in Denmark, President Lee will head to Paris on May 12 for a three-day visit.

Presidents Lee and his French counterpart, Nicolas Sarkozy, will discuss ways to advance the G20 Summit as the chairs of the previous and upcoming G20 Summits, respectively.

The two leaders will also discuss ways to bolster trade and investment when the Korea-EU FTA takes effect.

Presidents Lee will also meet with Secretary-General Angel Gurria of the OECD and UNESCO Secretary-General Irina Gueorguieva Bokova.

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