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Vice FM meets German envoy to discuss bilateral ties, pandemic, peninsula peace

All News 17:23 February 04, 2021

SEOUL, Feb. 4 (Yonhap) -- First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun met with Germany's top envoy here Thursday to discuss joint efforts to deepen bilateral ties and cooperation in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change, the foreign ministry said.

During their talks, Choi and Ambassador Michael Reiffenstuel agreed to continue communication at each government level to jointly address global challenges, including the pandemic, and explore ways to cooperate in securing COVID-19 vaccines.

They also agreed to work together to allow essential business trips for people traveling between the two countries under a December bilateral arrangement on the condition that their travel does not undermine antivirus efforts, the ministry said.

On Seoul's push to foster lasting peace on the Korean Peninsula, Reiffenstuel reaffirmed Germany's continued support for its peace endeavors.

Thursday's meeting marks Choi's first face-to-face talks with a European diplomat this year and represents the two countries' will to deepen bilateral cooperation, the ministry said.

First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun (R) and German Ambassador to South Korea Michael Reiffenstuel pose for a photo as they meet for talks at the foreign ministry in Seoul on Feb. 4, 2021, in this photo provided by the ministry. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)


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