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Foreign, defense ministers of S. Korea, Australia hold talks in Seoul Updated: 2021-09-13 17:07:43 KST

Due to growing uncertainties in global diplomacy and security, Seoul's foreign minister Chung Eui-yong stressed the importance of communication, and said South Korea and Australia share "similar positions" in the Asia-Pacific region.
The foreign and defense ministers of the two countries held a two-plus-two meeting in Seoul on Monday.
This comes as the two countries mark 60 years of diplomatic ties.

"Communication and cooperation between middle powers, such as South Korea and Australia, are required now more than ever amid the global pandemic and rising uncertainty and instability in international affairs."

In response, the Australian foreign minister reaffirmed the bilateral commitment to their common aims for the Indo-Pacific, adding that the region has undergone rapid changes since the last two-plus-two meeting in 2019, pointing to advancements in technology and the pandemic.

"This 2+2 meeting will be important in shaping how Australia and the ROK can progress an agenda of cooperation that contributes to and supports regional peace and stability."

Seoul's defense minister stressed the importance of enhancing South Korea-Australia combined military training and security communication at various levels.

"Amid a gradual increase not just of traditional threats, but also of non-traditional threats, such as cyber, climate change and the pandemic, bilateral defense cooperation greatly contributes to the security of South Korea and Australia as well as to that of the region."

Earlier in the day, the Korean and Australian defense ministers held separate talks, and they shared a positive view of South Korea joining a series of Australia-led combined training exercises, including "Talisman Sabre" and "Pitch Black."

"We see the ROK is a key partner for Australia in pursuing our defense and security goals. And we should enhance defense cooperation across the maritime, air and space domains."

On the same day, President Moon Jae-in met the two Australian ministers, stressing the importance of strategic communications with Australia since the two countries both need to manage their relations with the U.S. and China.
The President emphasized the need to strengthen strategic communications on pandemic, the climate, disarmament and non-proliferation.
Yoon Jung-min, Arirang News.
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