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Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Has Video Conference with State Secretary of Germany’s Federal Foreign Office
1. Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Sei-young had a video conference with Mr. Miguel Berger, State Secretary of the Federal Foreign Office of the Federal Republic of Germany, on the afternoon of July 10 at the latter’s request. In the conference, the two sides discussed the relations between the Republic of Korea and the Federal Republic of Germany, the situation on the Korean Peninsula, cooperation on the international stage, and response to COVID-19.
2. Vice Minister Cho noted that the year 2020 is special in that Germany holds the Presidency of the Council of the European Union during the second half of the year, voiced hope that the EU would effectively overcome challenges including COVID-19 under the leadership of Germany, and suggested that the two countries work together to further enhance the ROK-EU relations during Germany’s presidency.
° The two sides took note of active high-level exchanges, including the ministerial meeting during the visit to Germany by Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang, Kyung-wha in 2020. Recognizing the need to resume face-to-face diplomatic activities as soon as the COVID-19 situation stabilizes, they agreed to continue stepping up non-face-to-face diplomacy.
3. Vice Minister Cho extended appreciation to the German government for its consistent support for and close collaboration on the ROK government’s efforts to establish permanent peace on the Korean Peninsula, and asked for active cooperation of the German government for North Korea’s return to the dialogue table.
° State Secretary Berger reaffirmed the German government’s support for the Korean Peninsula peace process, saying that Germany will render assistance as necessary as the chair country of the Security Council Sanctions Committee on North Korea in 2019-2020 as well as a country that has experienced division and unification.
° The two sides agreed to communicate closely through various means and channels, including video conferences, in a bid to produce mutually beneficial achievements in bilateral cooperation not only in economy and trade but also on multilateral and global stages.