The High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy/Vice-President of the European Commission, Federica Mogherini, spoke this morning by phone with the new Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Ms Kang Kyung-wha.
The High Representative/Vice-President congratulated the Foreign Minister on her appointment and looked forward to working closely together to advance both bilateral relations between the European Union and the Republic of Korea and their joint work to tackle regional and global challenges.
HR/VP Mogherini and Minister Kang welcomed the unique partnership between the European Union and Republic of Korea. The Strategic Partnership is comprehensive and composed of three pillars – the Framework Agreement, the Free Trade Agreement, and the Framework Participation Agreement on crisis management operations.
Taking place a month after her meeting in Brussels with Professor Yoon Je Cho, President Moon's Special Envoy for the European Union, the phone call provided an opportunity for the High Representative and the Foreign Minister to discuss the tensions in the Korean peninsula. The HR/VP stressed the importance of Korean ownership and reiterated the European Union's readiness to support all efforts for the de-escalation of tensions and peaceful denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, in full coordination with the Republic of Korea and the wider international community.