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 on Friday that holding a face-to-face 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 Blue House also said the two leaders will discuss cooperation toward complete denuclearization and permanent peace on the Korean peninsula.
The U.S. 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.
President Moon said Tuesday that he hopes the summit serves as an opportunity to coordinate the direction of their policy toward North Korea.
Biden, during his first speech to Congress on Wednesday, said 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 climate change, the global economy and the supply of Covid-19 vaccines, with 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.
President Moon Jae-in received his second dose of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine on Friday, in preparation for his trip to Washington.
He had his first dose on March 23rd and the AstraZeneca vaccine requires eight to twelve weeks between doses, but the KDCA permits a four-week time frame for urgent overseas travel.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.