The meeting will mark the only second in-person summit with a foreign leader from Asia highlighting the US president’s attention to the region.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will visit the White House on May 21 to meet with US President Joe Biden, underlining the “rock-solid alliance” between the two countries, the White House said Thursday.
“President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation,” the White House said in a statement.
The event will mark the second in-person summit with a foreign leader in Biden’s presidency, which began in January.
Both meetings were held with Asian allies. The first, earlier this month, was with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
Moon’s senior press secretary Chung Man-ho told a televised briefing that the two leaders would reaffirm the strength of their countries’ alliance and look forward to expanding comprehensive and reciprocal cooperation based on the friendship of the two nations.
Moon and Biden’s decision to hold a summit in person despite “difficult” situations due to the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance, Chung said, as quoted by the South News Agency. Korean Yonhap.
Moon had previously had several meetings with Biden’s predecessor, Donald Trump, in particular on the issue of the denuclearization of North Korea.
Biden identified China’s rise to power as the preeminent geopolitical challenge facing the United States, and he has worked to build support among allies in the region to counter what the United States sees as abusive practices. China’s market and human rights.
“The meeting will also focus on close cooperation between South Korea and the United States to make progress on the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and a policy of lasting peace, as well as practical cooperation, including on the economy and trade, and the response to global challenges such as climate change and COVID-19, ”Chung said.
Biden’s Democratic administration said it was in the final stages of its review of the policy to stem the nuclear program in North Korea.
North Korea has rejected unilateral disarmament and has given no indication of its willingness to move beyond statements of broad support for the concept of universal denuclearization.