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(LEAD) S. Korean president arrives in Argentina for G-20 summit

Diplomacy 23:02 November 29, 2018

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BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 29 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in Argentina on Thursday for a Group of 20 summit and meetings with various global leaders, including U.S. President Donald Trump.

Moon's arrival here followed his unofficial two-day visit to the Czech Republic, where he held a summit with Prime Minister Andrej Babis.

The president will hold a special meeting with a group of South Korean residents in Argentina later in the day before he attends the two-day G-20 summit, which begins Friday, according to his office Cheong Wa Dae.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, arrive in Buenos Aires on Nov. 29, 2018, to take part in a Group of 20 summit. (Yonhap)

The South Korean leader is expected to call for global efforts to promote and restore free trade amid the spread of trade protectionism throughout the globe, it added.

The annual summit will be held under the theme of "Fair and Sustainable Development." It will also provide a venue for a series of bilateral summits for Moon.

He is scheduled to hold a summit with the U.S. president, which will be the second such meeting since September, when the South Korean president traveled to the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, for his third inter-Korean summit with leader Kim Jong-un.

It will be followed by Trump's second meeting with the North Korean leader, which is widely expected to be held early next year. Trump and Kim first met in Singapore in June.

Moon will also hold bilateral summits with President Mauricio Macri of Argentina, Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

Moon will leave Argentina on Saturday to make a three-day state visit to New Zealand. He will meet with Governor-General Patsy Reddy and hold a summit with Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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