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Yoon may meet party leaders after 3-nation trip: official

Politics 15:50 September 14, 2022

SEOUL, Sept. 14 (Yonhap) -- A meeting between President Yoon Suk-yeol and the leaders of the ruling and main opposition parties may take place after his upcoming visit to Britain, the United States and Canada, a presidential official said Wednesday.

"There is a need to consider President Yoon meeting the respective leaders and floor leaders of the parties following his overseas visit," Lee Jin-bok, the senior presidential secretary for political affairs, told reporters following a meeting with the new interim leader of the ruling People Power Party.

Lee's remarks are seen as turning down main opposition Democratic Party leader Lee Jae-myung's continued request to hold a one-on-one meeting with the president.

Yoon and Lee both ran in March's presidential election, with Yoon beating Lee by a razor-thin margin.

Yoon is scheduled to depart for Britain next week to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on a trip that will also take him to New York for the U.N. General Assembly and Canada.

People Power Party Emergency Committee Chairman Chung Jin-suk (R) holds a meeting with Lee Jin-bok, the senior presidential secretary for political affairs, at the National Assembly on Sept. 14, 2022. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

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