Republic of Korea – Meeting between Jean-Yves Le Drian and his counterpart, Chung Eui-yong (Paris, Oct. 6, 2021)


Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian met today in Paris with Chung Eui-yong, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Korea.

They underscored the convergences between Korea’s New Southern Policy (NSP) and France and the EU’s Indo-Pacific strategy. They agreed on the principle of cooperating on concrete projects in the Indo-Pacific region.

They addressed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and the desire of both countries to work together closely to enhance regional stability.

They also confirmed their strong commitment to combating climate change and their desire to expand bilateral cooperation on projects involving renewable energies for that purpose.

They also discussed deepening French-Korean bilateral relations in line with the priorities established by President Macron and his Korean counterpart at their last meeting in June. The two ministers agreed to examine new areas of cooperation in the industrial and digital sectors of the future, and to step up our person-to-person exchanges.

The minister applauded the measures announced by his Korean counterpart to facilitate travel between France and Korea, while abiding by health rules, so that travelers may resume their journeys, and to strengthen bilateral economic and trade ties at a time when Korean and French businesses can benefit from the recovery measures adopted by both countries.