Moon calls on Merkel to look for peace on the Korean peninsula and bilateral relations


South Korean President Moon Jae-in speaks to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on the sidelines of a G7 summit in Cornwall, UK, in June. (Yonhap)

ROME – South Korean President Moon Jae-in has asked outgoing German Chancellor Angela Merkel to pay attention to peace efforts on the Korean peninsula and bilateral relations between the two countries after her resignation.

Moon and Merkel, who will soon resign after 16 years in office, met one-on-one on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in the Italian capital.

Moon thanked Merkel for her efforts to improve bilateral relations since 2005 and said that bilateral relations between South Korea and Germany had developed solidly over the past 16 years.

Merkel said she would continue to support efforts to improve inter-Korean relations and bring peace to the Korean peninsula.

During the meeting, Moon and Merkel reiterated their commitment to work together to ensure equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines for every country and to expand vaccine production and supply, President spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee said.

The two leaders also noted South Korea and Germany’s efforts to combat the climate crisis, including their goal of being carbon neutral by 2050, Park said. (Yonhap)

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