President Moon Jae-in will meet U.S. President Joe Biden on May 21 at the White House.
This will be the first face-to-face summit between the two leaders.
The Blue House said Friday that holding an actual summit amid the Covid-19 pandemic shows the importance of the alliance between the two countries.
“Through this meeting, we hope that the two leaders will reaffirm the solidarity of the Korea-U.S. alliance and expand and develop a comprehensive and reciprocal partnership based on friendship between the two leaders and two countries' people.”
The White House also issued a statement saying that Moon's visit will highlight the ironclad alliance and that Biden is looking forward to working with Moon to further strengthen the alliance and expand cooperation.
Some of the topics to be discussed during the summit include practical cooperation in sectors such as trade and the economy as well as cooperation in dealing with global challenges such as climate change and Covid-19.
The senior presidential secretary for public communication added that the two leaders will also discuss close cooperation to progress toward complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.
President Moon had said Tuesday that he hopes the summit serves as an opportunity to coordinate and to sort out the direction of their policy toward North Korea.
Biden had said on Wednesday, during his first speech to Congress, that the U.S. will be working closely with its allies to address the threats posed by Iran and North Korea’s nuclear programs through diplomacy and stern deterrence.
Also possibly on the agenda is the supply of Covid-19 vaccines as there are some sources saying they could discuss designating South Korea as the hub for Asia’s Covid-19 vaccine production.
In regards to the Quad alliance of the U.S., Australia, India and Japan, an official from the Blue House said that the Quad has not been decided as an agenda but South Korea is willing to cooperate if it contributes to regional and global peace.
The details of the agenda and President Moon’s schedule in Washington are still being worked on.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.