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President Moon Jae-in held a virtual summit with European Union leaders Tuesday, as the two sides marked the 10th anniversary of the signing of their bilateral free trade agreement and establishment of their strategic partnership.
During the videoconference, Moon and EU Council President Charles Michel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen agreed to reinforce bilateral partnerships in response to the COVID-19 crisis.
The EU officials commended South Korea for its "proactive and innovative" steps to counter the virus in a "transparent, open and democratic way."
The three leaders also reaffirmed their determination to "restore robust economic growth and build more resilient, sustainable and inclusive economies and societies."
Additionally, the EU reaffirmed its support for South Korea's efforts to engage with North Korea to achieve peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula.
The session marked Moon's first bilateral summit of the year and his first official dialogue with the new EU leadership that assumed office last December.
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