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President Moon Meets with Prime Minister Morrison of Australia… “Discussing low-carbon technology cooperation”

President Moon Jae-in holds a summit meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the United Nations Headquarters in New York on the afternoon of September 24, 2019 (local time). (Provided by the Blue House) 2019.9.25/News1

President Moon Jae-in, who is attending the G7 summit, met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the 12th (local time) to lay the groundwork for elevating bilateral relations to a new level this year.

President Moon and Prime Minister Morrison held a summit meeting at a hotel in downtown Cornwall for 47 minutes from 10 a.m. on the same day as they attended the G7 summit, and evaluated that this year is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Australia (October 30). The Blue House said that the consensus was reached.

This is Moon’s third summit meeting with Prime Minister Morrison since taking office. President Moon had his first summit meeting with Prime Minister Morrison, who took office in August of the same year, on the occasion of attending the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit held in Papua New Guinea in November 2018, and then attended the UN General Assembly in September 2019. We had a summit meeting on the occasion. Last year, when the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19) outbreak broke out, we had phone calls in April and August, respectively.

At the summit, the two leaders discussed △Evaluation of bilateral relations, △Expansion of economic cooperation such as low-carbon technology, and △Regional and multilateral cooperation.

The two leaders welcomed the invitation of Korea and Australia to the summit of the seven major countries together, and evaluated that it shows the high expectations of the G7 countries for the role of both countries in resolving various global issues in the post-coronavirus era.

The two leaders also assessed that the two countries have maintained a mutually beneficial trade relationship based on a complementary trade structure, and agreed to broaden the horizon of economic cooperation in fields such as low-carbon technology.

In particular, they evaluated that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries related to low-carbon technology such as hydrogen production and utilization would be possible, and decided to discover specific cooperative projects through active exchanges between governments, companies, and research institutes. .

Currently, Korea possesses leading technologies for hydrogen and fuel cells for transportation and distributed power generation, and it is necessary to strengthen cooperation with hydrogen producing countries to achieve the 50% overseas hydrogen utilization rate by 2030. Australia is not only seeking to secure the status of a global hydrogen production plant through abundant renewable energy sources, but also designated 24 core minerals through the Australian Core Minerals Strategy in March 2019 and strengthened its status as a resource powerhouse by diversifying the resource industry and strengthening its capabilities. has expressed its will.

The two leaders shared the view that the two countries, which are traditional allies and similar countries in the region, should actively communicate on regional situations and international issues, and continue to strengthen cooperation on the multilateral stage.

President Moon said he hopes that MIKTA will develop further under the leadership of Australia, the chair country this year, and that Korea will actively cooperate as the former chair country. Prime Minister Morrison apologized for this.

MIKTA is an interregional consultative body composed of five middle power countries: Mexico, Indonesia, Korea, Turkey and Australia.

In addition, the two leaders agreed to cooperate so that regional economic cooperation in the post-COVID-19 era can be further strengthened through the early entry into force of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which was signed last year.

They also appreciated that the two countries are seeking ways to cooperate between the ROK’s New Southern Policy and Australia’s Indo-Pacific Strategy, and agreed to continue efforts to expand bilateral cooperation in the future.

President Moon expressed his gratitude to the Australian Government for expressing firm and continuous support for the Korean government’s efforts for peace on the Korean Peninsula, and requested unwavering support and cooperation for peace on the Korean Peninsula. In response, Prime Minister Morrison evaluated President Moon’s efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula and said that he would actively support the efforts of the Korean government in the future.

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