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President Moon heading to Europe for G20 Summit, COP26 Updated: 2021-10-28 07:53:18 KST

President Moon Jae-in will embark on a nine-day tour of Europe on Thursday which will take him to Italy, the UK and Hungary.
His first official stop on the itinerary is on Friday at the Vatican where Moon will meet with Pope Francis to discuss ways to boost peace on the Korean Peninsula.

This will be Moon's second meeting with the Pope his first was in October 2018.
Likely on the table for discussion will be a potential visit to North Korea by the Pope who has expressed willingness to go if there's an official invitation from the regime.
Attention will be on whether the meeting will be able to reignite the stalled peace process.

President Moon will then attend the G20 Summit over the weekend.
It's the first time that the multilateral event will be held in-person since the start of the pandemic.
On the agenda are climate change, COVID-19 and post-pandemic global recovery.
On the sidelines, Moon is also expected to meet U.S. President Biden although the timing and format has not been decided.

From November 1st to 2nd President Moon will be in Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference.
There, Moon will give a keynote speech in which, he is expected to unveil South Korea's new carbon emissions reduction target.
Attention is on whether he will meet with Japan's new Prime Minister Fumio Kishida who has expressed his intent to attend the COP26 summit.

The final leg of Moon's tour will take him to Hungary for a three-day state visit.
Moon will first pay his respects at a memorial in Budapest to remember the 25 South Koreans who died in a boat accident on the Danube River in 2019.
On November third, Moon will have separate talks the Hungarian President and Prime Minister, followed by a business forum with members of the so-called Visegrad Four countries which also includes Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Poland.
The next day, the President will attend the South Korea-Visegrad summit to discuss ways to expand cooperation with the second-largest market in Europe.

The Blue House expects the series of multilateral diplomatic events to serve as an opportunity to drum up support for the Korean Peninsula peace process and highlight South Korea's raised global status and its role in bridging advanced and developing nations in the post-pandemic era.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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