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(2nd LD) S. Korean president to advocate free trade at G-20 summit

Diplomacy 22:52 November 30, 2018

(ATTN: Updates with Moon-Trump summit plan in paras 4-5)

BUENOS AIRES, Nov. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in was set to attend the Group of 20 summit in Buenos Aires on Friday, with free trade, inclusive growth and Korean peace on his priority agenda.

Moon is scheduled to deliver a keynote speech at the first session of the two-day summit of the leaders of the world's largest economies. He arrived here Thursday following his two-day visit to Prague.

He is expected to call for efforts to fend off protectionism and lay out his vision for inclusive growth. He will also seek to rally international support for ongoing efforts to denuclearize North Korea and establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, wave after arriving in Buenos Aires on Nov. 29, 2018, for a Group of 20 summit. (Yonhap)

On the sidelines of the summit, Moon plans to hold a bilateral meeting with U.S. President Trump at 3:15 p.m. (Argentine Time) on Friday for about 30 minutes. During the closed-door talks, Moon is expected to ask him to speed up the currently stalled talks with the North.

Moon and Trump will meet one-on-one, except for interpreters -- the first time they will have done so, although they've met six times. Their latest meeting was in New York in September.

Moon has held three bilateral summits with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this year. Seoul is pushing for a fourth meeting, which the two leaders agreed to hold in Seoul before the year's end.

Trump and Kim first met in Singapore in June. Trump has agreed to meet Kim for their second bilateral summit but says the meeting will likely be held next year. Trump and Kim first met in Singapore in June.

The South Korean president will hold a series of other bilateral summits. On Saturday, Moon and Argentine President Mauricio Macri will hold the first South Korea-Argentina summit in 14 years, according to Moon's office Cheong Wa Dae.

Moon will later hold separate meetings with Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa.

He will leave Argentina later in the day to head for New Zealand, the third and last destination of his trip, which began Tuesday.


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