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Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held their first bilateral meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit and related summits in Brunei.
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and South Korean President Park Geun-hye held their first bilateral meeting on Wednesday on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit and related summits in Brunei.
A Singapore Foreign Affairs Ministry statement said Mr Lee and President Park reaffirmed the excellent state of bilateral relations, and looked forward to Mr Lee's official visit to South Korea in December when the two leaders would further discuss ways to enhance bilateral cooperation.
Prime Minister Lee attended the ASEAN-Japan Summit, the ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Summit, the ASEAN-China Summit and the inaugural ASEAN-US Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam on Wednesday.
The ASEAN-ROK summit reviewed the progress of the Plan of Action to implement the Joint Declaration on Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity 2011-2015, and discussed ways to further strengthen relations.
The leaders agreed to further liberalise and increase two-way trade
between ASEAN and South Korea.
The leaders also welcomed South Korea's hosting of a commemorative summit in 2014 to mark the 25th anniversary of dialogue relations.
During the ASEAN-Japan summit, leaders acknowledged the importance of concluding the outstanding chapters on trade in services and investment of the ASEAN-Japan Comprehensive Economic Partnership (AJCEP).
They feel it's a fitting celebration of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relations, and looked forward to attending the ASEAN-Japan commemorative summit in Tokyo in December 2013.
The ASEAN-China summit reaffirmed the strong and multi-faceted relationship between both sides.
A Joint Statement on Commemoration of the 10th Anniversary of the ASEAN-China Strategic Partnership was issued to mark the milestone.
Both sides also tasked their officials to start discussions on the upgrading of the ASEAN-China Free Trade Area (ACFTA) as early as possible.
The leaders also welcomed the progress on the implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) as well as the start of official consultations on the Code of Conduct (COC) in September 2013.
During the inaugural ASEAN-US summit, ASEAN leaders met US Secretary of State John Kerry, who was representing President Barack Obama.
They agreed to deepen ASEAN-US relations through the implementation of key initiatives such as the Expanded Economic Engagement (E3), the US-Asia Pacific Comprehensive Energy Partnership, and the ASEAN-US Enhanced Partnership for Enduring Peace and Prosperity 2011-2015.