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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. President Joe Biden will hold their first summit talks in Washington on May 21.
The allies announced the schedule Friday.
Cheong Wa Dae official Chung Man-ho said the two leaders' decision to hold an in-person summit despite the "difficult" pandemic situation demonstrates the importance of the Seoul-Washington alliance.
White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki made a similar announcement saying Moon's visit will highlight the ironclad alliance between the two countries and "the broad and deep ties between our governments, people, and economies."
"President Biden looks forward to working with President Moon to further strengthen our alliance and expand our close cooperation," she added.
It will mark Biden's second in-person summit with a foreign leader since he took office in January.
Moon's visit to the White House will come as the U.S. is conducting a review of its policy on North Korea.
The two leaders are expected to discuss efforts to resume denuclearization negotiations with the North as well as the COVID-19 pandemic and climate change.
Seoul has also called for Washington's help in addressing coronavirus vaccine shortages.
The Biden administration announced earlier this week that the U.S. will provide up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine to countries in need.
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