President Moon Jae-in today is continuing his relay of summits related to ASEAN the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
This afternoon, he took part in the ASEAN+3 Summit which also brings together China and Japan and stressed the importance of stepping up cooperation between them to overcome COVID-19 and prepare for a post-pandemic future.
For details, our Blue House correspondent Kim Min-ji is on the line.
Min-ji, I understand the president has highlighted South Korea's efforts to speed up the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
Right, Conn-young, President Moon said ASEAN, China and Japan need to step up their regional healthcare cooperation to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic, stressing that South Korea will do its part by ensuring vaccines are distributed fairly and swiftly.
The virtual summit between the members of ASEAN. as well as China and Japan known as ASEAN+3 wrapped up about an hour and a half ago.
Here's the president's opening remarks.
It is now time to turn the spirit of the ASEAN+3 Summit into action to overcome COVID-19 and achieve an inclusive recovery. For starters, it's crucial to strengthen health cooperation. As an axis of global vaccine production, South Korea will make its best efforts to ensure a fair and swift supply of vaccines."
To that end, Moon reiterated his pledge to donate an additional 5 million U.S. dollars to the ASEAN COVID-19 response fund on top of the 1 million dollars donated last year.
He added that South Korea plans to expand official development assistance to help ASEAN respond to the climate crisis and prepare for digital transition.
Moon also highlighted the need for an economic recovery based on multilateralism.
Wednesday's session included Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
Moon welcomed Kishida his first time to meet him, albeit virtually, since he became prime minister.
Later this evening, Moon will also attend the East Asian Summit session involving 18 nations including the ASEAN members, South Korea, Japan, China, the U.S., Russia, Australia, India and New Zealand.
There, Moon is expected to highlight Seoul's efforts for complete denuclearization and lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula.
Back to you Conn-young.