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Park calls on ASEAN to further solidify ties through concrete vision

All Headlines 18:37 September 07, 2016

VIENTIANE, Sept. 7 (Yonhap) -- President Park Geun-hye on Wednesday called on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to further solidify robust ties with South Korea through a concrete vision for bilateral cooperation.

At the South Korea-ASEAN summit in the Laotian capital of Vientiane, the chief executive also pointed out that the two-way partnership has deepened as both sides have worked together to tide over shared challenges.

"I hope that this summit today can serve as an opportunity to solidify our mutual will to cooperate by checking the progress made through bilateral cooperation and fleshing out our vision for the future," she said during her opening remarks.

President Park Geun-hye speaks during the South Korea-ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) summit in the Laotian capital of Vientiane on Sept. 7, 2016. (Yonhap)

Park also traced the history of the two sides working together to overcome global challenges.

"In times of global crises, South Korea and ASEAN further deepened the level of cooperation and further developed their relationship," she pointed out.

"Right after Asia's financial crisis, the two sides held their first South Korea-ASEAN summit (in 1997). After the 2008 global financial crisis, the signing process of a bilateral free trade agreement was completed, and then, they forged a strategic partnership in 2010," she explained.

Touching on the increasingly complex nature of global challenges, Park called for multilateral cooperation.

"Crisis situations we face now are different from those of the past. They are global and happen simultaneously," she said. "Thus, responses through international cooperation are more important than anything else."

Park is currently in Laos, the third and last leg of her eight-day trip that also took her to Russia and China. She is to return home on Friday.

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