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On July 25, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault met with President Park Geun-hye at Cheong Wa Dae – Office of the President, South Korea (ROK) to "discuss ways to enhance cooperation and friendship" between the two countries.
The French Prime Minister was the highest-ranking official from any European country to visit ROK since the inauguration of the Park Administration. Mr. Ayrault reiterated France's consistent support for ROK's stance on North Korean nuclear issues, saying "France will play a leading role within the international community in resolving North Korean issues."
The French delegation comprised four Ministers and six lawmakers including Minister of Higher Education and Research Genevieve Fioraso and Minister-Delegate for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital Economy Fleur Pellerin – with family ties from ROK – who met with their respective Korean counterparts.
France and the ROK have benefited from increasing trade volume over the last few years as a result of the Korea-European Union (EU) Free Trade Agreement (FTA) and have been cooperating in sectors like defense, electronics and sustainable development. Discussions are ongoing regarding deepened bilateral exchanges on nuclear energy.
Mr. Ayrault conveyed greetings from French President François Hollande and invited President Park to visit France "at her convenience."
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