Park, Abe to hold one-on-one summit in Seoul

Seoul, Oct 28 (IANS) South Korean President Park Geun-hye and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will hold their first one-on-one summit in Seoul next week on the sidelines of the trilateral leadership meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Seoul’s presidential office said on Wednesday.

The sixth round of South Korea-China-Japan summit will be held on November 1 at the presidential Blue House, Xinhua news agency quoted Kim Kyou-Hyun, senior presidential secretary for foreign affairs, as saying.

It would mark the first trilateral summit in more than three years. The summit between the three Asian nations was initiated in 2008 and had been annually held until 2012.

The suspension of the leadership meeting came mainly from frosty relations between South Korea and Japan over sensitive historical disputes.

Seoul has urged Abe to make a “sincere apology” for the wartime sex enslavement, but Tokyo has insisted that the issue was resolved in a 1965 agreement that normalised diplomatic ties between the two nations.

Park and Abe are set to hold a bilateral summit, the first since Park took office in February 2013.

The summit will be held on the sidelines of the trilateral leadership meeting with China to exchange views on ways of developing Seoul-Tokyo relations and the issues of mutual concern, the secretary said.

The secretary said that Park and Abe are expected to exchange “in-depth” views over pending issues between the two countries, including the women issues.

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