European Union External Action

Remarks by HR/VP Mogherini during her visit to the Republic of Korea

Seoul, 06/08/2018 - 11:13, UNIQUE ID: 180806_4
Statements by the HR/VP

Remarks by High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini during her visit to the Republic of South Korea

Meeting with Lee Nak-Yeon, Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea

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I wanted to thank you for the time dedicated to me and my delegation, but also for the true friendship that we recognise is there now more than ever between the European Union and the Republic of Korea. And also for your leadership together with the government and the President [of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in], for having relaunched a process of dialogue and diplomacy in the Korean peninsula and on the denuclearisation perspective that is, as you know, a shared objective that we support and will continue to support in all possible ways. We really commend your leadership and your wisdom and you know that you can count on the European Union to accompany this process in all possible ways.


Meeting with Kang Kyung-wha, Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea

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It is for me really a pleasure to be back and see you here.  We meet each other often in Europe as well. We were just in Singapore together a few days ago and this is really important as the European Union and Korea are such close partners - strategic partners. We are really and truly like-minded in our approach to our bilateral relations, but also to global and regional issues. You know that our support to your leadership in the dialogue with the DPRK, both on reconciliation but also on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula is full. And I am sure we will continue to discuss this in details. The European Union is really willing to support you one hundred per cent of this very precious and wise effort.

And as you said, we are also sharing values, sharing interests – the European Union is the first investor in the Republic of Korea.  We might discuss further our good trade relations. The Republic of Korea was the first ever in Asia signing a free trade agreement with the European Union.  So we have a lot we share. And even further cooperation to expand and explore. So thank you very much.


Meeting with Cho Myung-gyun, Minister for Unification of the Republic of Korea

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My visit is intended to show the European Union's full support to the leadership - I would say the wise leadership - of the Republic of Korea in the diplomatic efforts and in the inter-Korean dialogue.  Count on the European Union to support and accompany your work in all possible ways. And this exchange will be for me a very precious opportunity to discuss how we can further support your work in very concrete ways. As you mentioned, the European Union and our Member States are already providing support, but we are interested in increasing cooperation in the field of work and responsibility that you cover.  I am looking forward to a very fruitful exchange and continuation of work together.