Strengthening Canada’s Ties with South Korea

Strengthening Canada’s Ties with South Korea

September 22, 2012 – Ottawa – Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and H.E. Kim Sung-hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), today signed a Joint Declaration on Enhancing the Strategic Dialogue marking a commitment by their respective departments to meet on an annual basis, or as necessary to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest.

The pair also witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding to strengthen the two countries’ collaboration on international development.

Minister Kim’s visit to Canada is the first by a South Korean Foreign Minster in five years. In a separate bilateral luncheon, the pair discussed other issues of mutual concern. Key among them: food security, human rights and the nuclear program in North Korea; Burma and ASEAN; the situation in the Middle East; and economic cooperation, including negotiations toward a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries.

Minister Kim expressed South Korea’s support for Canada’s entry to the East Asia Summit. Minister Baird, in turn, endorsed South Korea’s bid for a spot on the United Nations Security Council.

Baird also thanked South Korea for its leadership in cutting Iranian oil imports to that country – a move that further isolates the regime in Tehran.

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