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President urges efforts to overcome economic crisis, rebuild nation

All Headlines 07:45 October 02, 2009

SEOUL, Oct. 2 (Yonhap) -- President Lee Myung-bak vowed Friday to rebuild the nation into an advanced country where no one is left behind while calling on the people and the government to pay more attention to their neighbors in need, especially around the holiday season.

"There are many people around us who are not able to go home for the holiday," the president said in a special radio address ahead of Chuseok, the autumn harvest holiday that falls on Saturday.

"It is especially heartbreaking to see young unemployed people who are unable to go home because they feel ashamed to see their parents," Lee added.

However, there are signs of a slow, yet definite economic recovery, the president said.

"Despite continuing difficulties, we have signs of great hope. Our country is overcoming the economic crisis at the fastest rate in the world and is moving into the center of the world," he said.

The president said the movement toward the center of the world will begin with the country's hosting of next year's Group of 20 economic summit, which was designated as the premier forum for international economic cooperation at a Pittsburgh meeting last month.

"This will be an important opportunity to elevate our national status in the international community," Lee said. The economic forum will be held here in November 2010.

Still, the president noted economic difficulties may continue for some time.

"There are signs of our economy slowly recovering, but it appears it will take some more time before conditions in the job market will also improve," he said. "The government will do its utmost to build a society where no one is left out."

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