G20 leaders photo shoot at Trevi Fountain… President Moon and Biden absent (comprehensive)

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靑 “Participation is not mandatory, focus on preparing for the second session”… Criticism of ‘It is unnatural not to attend’

靑, who announced ‘schedule cancellation’, “means that President Moon’s attendance has been canceled”

G20 leaders tossing ‘lucky coins’ in Rome’s Trevi Fountain

ROME (AP = Yonhap News) Heads of each country attending the G20 summit in Italy toss a ‘lucky coin’ at the Trevi Fountain, a famous landmark in Rome, the capital of Rome, on the 31st (local time). The G20 leaders held a face-to-face meeting here for the first time since the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) on the 30th and 31st to discuss climate change and countermeasures against COVID-19. sungok@yna.co.kr

(Rome = Yonhap News) Reporter Hyeong-seop Lim and Gyeong-jun Park = President Moon Jae-in, who is visiting Rome, Italy to attend the G20 summit, did not attend the site where the leaders of each country gathered to take a commemorative photo.

US President Joe Biden was also absent.

President Moon had originally planned to attend the G20 summit group photo shoot scheduled to be held at the Trevi Fountain on the morning of the 31st (local time).

However, if you look at the on-site video released to reporters from around the world, President Moon, President Biden, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended on behalf of Chinese President Xi Jinping, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, etc. did not appear

About 15 high-ranking officials, including Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi, French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, stood in a line in front of the Trevi Fountain to take a photo.

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Some even pointed out that it was unnatural for President Moon to not attend the schedule with the majority of the G20 leaders participating.

An official from the Blue House explained, “This was a social event, and it was not a must-participation schedule.”

When asked if there was a separate meeting between President Moon and President Biden, who was absent, he answered, “There was no meeting.”

In the process, the Blue House informed the reporters that the summit commemorative photo shoot was canceled this morning.

However, when a video of some leaders taking a commemorative photo was released, he corrected that ‘President Moon’s plan to attend was canceled, not the event itself,’ and emphasized that he was absent to prepare for the summit as it is not a mandatory event. did.

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