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RECEPTION IN HONOUR OF THE MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS OF SOUTH KOREA

Before the Reception: Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird, on behalf of the Honourable Julian Fantino, Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, and Mr. Kim Sung-hwan, the Republic of Korea's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen the two countries' collaboration on international development. September 22, 2012:  Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird and H.E. Kim Sung-hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of the Republic of Korea (South Korea), today signed a Joint Declaration on Enhancing the Strategic Dialogue marking a commitment by their respective departments to meet on an annual basis, or as necessary to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. Minister Kim’s visit to Canada is the first bilateral visit by a South Korean Foreign Minister in five years. In a separate bilateral luncheon, the pair discussed other issues of mutual concern, including: food security; human rights and the nuclear program in North Korea; Burma and ASEAN; the situation in the Middle East; and economic cooperation, including negotiations toward a Free Trade Agreement between the two countries. Minister Kim expressed South Korea’s support for Canada’s entry to the East Asia Summit. Minister Baird endorsed South Korea’s bid for a spot on the United Nations Security Council.