Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian will co-chair the second session of the strategic bilateral dialogue with Kang Kyung-wha, foreign minister of the Republic of Korea, on October 23 in Paris.
In the face of North Korea’s provocations, Mr. Le Drian will reaffirm France’s support and solidarity with South Korea and its partners in the region. He will also discuss global issues and major international areas of concern. The two ministers will also work on stepping up our bilateral cooperation in economic, technological, scientific and academic spheres.
The strategic French-Korean dialogue was first held in Seoul in 2016. South Korea is one of France’s leading partners in Asia, and our fourth-largest trading partner in the region (€7.3 billion in trade in 2016, with a trade surplus in our favor since 2013; trade has benefited from the EU-Korea free-trade agreement that came into force in 2011). The 2015-2016 French-Korean cultural events that marked the 130th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations gave new momentum to our exchanges. We also hope to expand our industrial and technical cooperation with that country (start-ups, key technologies of the future), attract more South Korean investors to France, and improve access to our products on the South Korean market, especially agrifoods.