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Moon set to hold back-to-back summits, U.N. gathering in New York next week

2017/09/14 18:11

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SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in will hold a series of meetings with his U.S. and other foreign counterparts, business leaders, scholars and South Korean residents on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly in New York next week, his office said Thursday.

His five-day trip will begin Monday with talks with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, which will be followed by a meeting with South Korean residents in New Jersey, Nam Gwan-pyo, the president's deputy national security advisor, told reporters.

On Tuesday, Moon is set to meet International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. He will then hold separate bilateral summits with the leaders of three countries. Later in the day, he is to receive the Global Citizen Award from the U.S. think tank the Atlantic Council for his contribution to democracy.

The following day, Moon is to hold a luncheon meeting with New York-based financiers and meet delegations from U.S. think tanks the Council on Foreign Relations, Korea Society and Asia Society. In the evening, he will attend an event to promote the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

On Thursday, Moon will attend the U.N. General Assembly during which he will deliver a keynote speech on North Korea's nuclear threats and South Korea's foreign policy, the presidential official explained.

Nam said that the government is seeking to arrange bilateral summits with five to six countries, including the United States and Italy.