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Minister of Foreign Affairs Participates in 3rd Teleconference on COVID-19 Response among Foreign Ministers
1. Minister of Foreign Affairs Kang, Kyung-wha had a multilateral teleconference with her counterparts of major countries for about one hour from 20:00, August 7, Korea Standard Time, and discussed ways for international cooperation on COVID-19 response.
° The teleconference, which marked the third meeting following the one on June 3, brought together the foreign ministers of the Republic of Korea, the United States of America which proposed the teleconference, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Republic of India, and the State of Israel.
° She also explained that the ROK has been continuing international cooperation to facilitate cross-border travel, including through discussions with some countries on “fast track” procedures aimed at ensuring travel of essential workforce, such as business people. She went on to note with appreciation that numerous countries, including the ROK, have lately been endeavoring to resume face-to-face diplomacy in a way that ensures health and safety of those concerned.
° In addition, the Minister mentioned that the ROK government has been providing humanitarian assistance through various means to support developing countries’ COVID-19 responses. She further mentioned that the ROK government plans to implement mid-to-long-term development cooperation in a way that can help recipient countries strengthen their response capacity, including by sharing the ROK’s “K-Quarantine” model.
4. The foreign ministers shared the view that close communication and collaboration among countries is important for overcoming the international crisis caused by the prolonged COVID-19 pandemic, appreciated the usefulness of the 3rd teleconference, and agreed to continue candid and productive discussions.