Moon to travel to Europe next week; meet with Pope for talks on peace
Updated: 2021-10-23 09:35:46 KST
President Moon Jae-in will be visiting the Vatican next week for talks with Pope Francis on ways to boost peace on the Korean Peninsula.
"It will be President Moon's second visit to the Vatican, his first coming in October 2018. The President is expected to exchange wisdom to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula and resolve issues such as COVID-19, climate change and poverty."
During his meeting with the Pope in 2018, Moon delivered a verbal invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to which the Pope said that he was willing to visit if the regime sends an official invitation.
The Vatican visit is part of a three-stop European tour.
Moon will attend the G20 Summit in Rome over the weekend held under the theme of "People, Planet, Prosperity."
The President will be discussing the climate crisis, COVID-19 and global economic recovery with other leaders present.
A string of bilateral summits are also being arranged.
President Moon will then head to Glasgow for the UN Climate Change Conference set for November 1st and 2nd.
There, Moon will give a keynote speech in which, he is expected to unveil South Korea's new carbon emissions reduction target.
The final leg of his tour will take him to Hungary for a state visit.
Moon will first pay his respects at a memorial in Budapest to remember the 28 people who died, most of them South Koreans, in a boat accident on the Danube River in 2019.
On November third, Moon will have separate talks with the President and Prime Minister of Hungary, which will be followed by a business forum in the afternoon with members of the Visegrad group Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic and Poland.
The next day, the President will attend the South Korea-Visegrad summit.
The Blue House expects the visit to serve as an opportunity to expand cooperation with the second-largest market in Europe in promising industries, such as electric vehicles and batteries.
Moon will return to Seoul on November fifth.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.