South Korean President Moon Jae-in kickstarted his string of summits with the leaders of ASEAN member states over the weekend with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and the Sultan of Brunei, Hasanal Bolkiah. And on Sunday, he arrived in the host city of Busan to begin his official schedule.
Until Thursday, President Moon will be holding separate talks with the leaders of 7 more ASEAN nations.
His meeting with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen has been canceled because the Cambodian leader's mother-in-law was said to be dealing with a critical health condition.
On Monday, the first official day of the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit, President Moon will sit down separately with Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte.
He will also take part in the ASEAN-ROK Culture Innovation summit and the CEO Summit together with hundreds of business leaders from around the world to discuss ways to expand cooperation.
The following day, President Moon will meet with Myanmar State Counsellor Aung San Suu Kyi and Laos Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith.
After that, he will deliver a joint press statement which will likely include pledges to strengthen Korea's strategic economic partnership with ASEAN countries.
The South Korean leader will also participate in a banquet with the leaders of countries along the Mekong River ahead of the first-ever South Korea-Mekong Summit set for the next day.
After the South Korea-Mekong Summit on Wednesday, President Moon will return to the capital Seoul for talks and dinner with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and wrap up his series of sit downs with a meeting with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Bin Mohamad on Thursday.
The Blue House says the summits will provide a clear blueprint of South Korea's cooperation with the ASEAN countries in a wide range of areas including agriculture, healthcare, culture and trade.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.