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President Moon to make week-long visit to Europe starting Friday Updated: 2021-06-11 09:58:41 KST

President Moon Jae-in will embark on a week-long visit to Europe on Friday.
His first stop will be the UK to attend the G7 Summit.
It's Moon's second invitation to the G7 but his first time to attend because last year's meeting was canceled due to the pandemic.
Moon's official itinerary will start Saturday, local time, when he will attend an expanded session on healthcare and hold a string of bilateral meetings.
Those include sitdowns with his counterparts from the UK, Australia and the European Union.
As for a possible trilateral summit between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan Seoul's top office says there are no consultations are underway to hold one, although it didn't rule out the possibility of unofficial talks on site.
On Sunday, Moon will attend two more expanded sessions related to the economy and climate change where he is expected to share South Korea's experience with its digital and green New Deal initiative.

On Sunday evening, he will make a state visit to Austria.
Moon will become the first Korean leader to make a formal visit and it comes ahead of the 140th anniversary next year of the two countries establishing diplomatic ties.
Moon will have a summit meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to discuss ways to boost cultural and educational exchanges as well as to step up cooperation on climate issues and to prepare for a green recovery from the pandemic.
He is also expected meet with political leaders during his stay.

The last leg of his trip will take him to Spain for a state visit.
He will have talks with Spanish King Felipe VI.. and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
The two sides marked 70 years of diplomatic ties last year.
Discussions will likely center on how they can work together to overcome COVID-19, foster a stable trade environment and develop eco-friendly industries.
He is also scheduled take part in business-related events in Madrid and Barcelona.

The top office says Moon's invite to the G7 reflects South Korea's increased global status and that the trip to Europe marks the resumption of face-to-face summit diplomacy, which had been halted amid the pandemic.
Moon will return to Seoul next Friday.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.
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