Moon and EU chief agree to boost vaccine supply to developing countries


President Moon Jae-in (right) and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen pose for a photo before holding a meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Rome on Saturday. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed on Saturday to step up efforts to increase the supply of COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries, the presidential office said.

Moon met with the European Union leader on the sidelines of this year’s summit of the Group of 20 Big Economies which opened in the Italian capital on Saturday for a two-day race.

The two leaders agreed to jointly take action to increase vaccine supply to developing countries in a smooth and equitable manner, as the pandemic has proven that no one is safe until everyone is safe. the presidential office said in a statement.

They also discussed bilateral trade issues and cooperation on climate change responses as well as ways to overcome the COVID-19 pandemic.

Moon gave high marks to the EU’s cooperation with South Korea as Seoul’s vaccination rate surpassed a key 70 percent milestone earlier this month.

Moon also briefed the EU leader on the recent situation on the Korean peninsula and called on the EU to continue working together to establish peace on the peninsula, the statement said.

In addition, Moon organized a bilateral summit on Saturday with French President Emmanuel Macron on the sidelines of the G-20 meeting.

At the summit, Macron asked South Korea to join a ministerial meeting on

the Indo-Pacific files, which will be hosted by France next year.

Moon briefed Macron on recent situations on the Korean Peninsula, saying South Korea and the United States have made various efforts to resume talks with North Korea.

In response, Macron said France would play its part to help resume dialogue with North Korea.

Moon and Macron also agreed to step up cooperation in industrial sectors such as semiconductors and the electric car, Moon’s office said. (Yonhap)

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