The Republic of Korea (RoK) plans to adopt a
monumental statement on its future relations with Southeast Asian countries
during an upcoming summit in Busan, Cheong Wa Dae announced November 20.
President of the RoK Moon Jae-in
The RoK-ASEAN joint vision statement will serve as a
framework for bilateral cooperation going forward, according to Joo
Hyung-chul, an adviser to President Moon Jae-in for economic affairs.
The two-day ASEAN-RoK Commemorative Summit is
scheduled to open on November 25 in the southern port city in celebration of
the 30th anniversary of the launch of the two sides' dialogue relations,
Yonhap News Agency reported.
Moon is holding group summit talks, composed of two
sub-sessions, with his counterparts from the 10 ASEAN member states. A
string of separate bilateral meetings between Moon and all 10 other leaders
will also take place on the sidelines.
In the declaration to be adopted at the end of the
Busan session, the 11 participating nations will assess the accomplishments
of partnerships in various sectors over the past three decades and highlight
the significance of Seoul's New Southern Policy in further strengthening
ties, Joo told reporters.
The RoK also plans to adopt a Han River-Mekong River
declaration on promoting ties with the "Mekong five" nations - Cambodia,
Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam -- at the inaugural Mekong-RoK summit
slated for November 27.
Meanwhile, the RoK is seeking to reach free trade
agreement (FTA) deals with the Philippines and Malaysia when their leaders
visit Busan./. VNA