Jean-Yves Le Drian will visit South Korea from February 9 to 11. He will represent President Macron at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, together with Laura Flessel, Minister of Sport. France supports the holding of the Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, a historic moment for Korea, and offers wishes for a successful Winter Games.
During his visit, Jean-Yves Le Drian will meet with his counterpart, Kang Kyung-wha, on February 10 to discuss the North Korean nuclear crisis. We hope that the recent developments in inter-Korean dialogue will lead to discussions with a view toward achieving the denuclearization of the peninsular. The ministers will also discuss our cooperation on major global issues (notably including the fight against terrorism and efforts to combat climate change) and the prospects for strengthening our bilateral relations in the economic sphere (innovation and cross investment), academic and scientific cooperation (student mobility) and security and defense cooperation. South Korea is our 4th largest trading partner in Asia (€7.3 billion in trade in 2016, with France having a trade surplus since 2011.)
In Seoul, Jean-Yves Le Drian will open the ceremony to mark the launch of the construction of the new Embassy of France. He will also meet with the French business community and South Korean investors.