By Chang Jae-soon
South Korean President Lee Myung-bak will visit Indonesia next week for a series of regional summits with Southeast Asian and other countries on a trip that will also take him to the Philippines for a state visit, the presidential office announced Saturday.
Lee will arrive on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Thursday for a trio of regional meetings set for Friday and Saturday. They are a summit with the 10 member nations of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN); a meeting between ASEAN and South Korea, China and Japan; and a meeting of the East Asia Summit (EAS) forum.
The ASEAN-led EAS forum is comprised of 18 members, including the newest members the U.S. and Russia.
Also scheduled is a trilateral summit with Chinese President Hu Jintao and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihiko Noda.
In the summit with ASEAN slated for Friday, Lee plans to discuss ways to further expand cooperation not only in economic areas, but also nonproliferation and other fields, the presidential office said in a statement.
In particular, the two sides plan to sign a revision to a goods agreement of their free trade pact as well as an agreement on forest preservation that is expected to deepen cooperation on climate change and green growth, the statement said.
Lee also plans to hold bilateral talks with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono on Thursday and attend an ASEAN business summit to deliver a keynote speech about Seoul’s plan to bolster economic cooperation with ASEAN, the statement said.
On Sunday, Lee will head to Manila for a three-day state visit for talks with Philippine President Benigno Aquino III about moving bilateral relations forward, boosting trade and investment and other areas, the statement said.