1. Ko Yunju, Director-General for North American Affairs, held the 3rd “Bilateral Policy Dialogue (BPD)” with Mark Lambert, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Korea and Japan at the Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, on October 14 at the Daniel K. Inouye Asia-Pacific Center for Security Studies (DKI APCSS) in Honolulu, Hawaii. The BPD is a Director-General/Deputy Assistant Secretary level regular consultative platform between the ROK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the U.S. Department of State.
2. At the 3rd BPD attended by relevant bureaus of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Department of State, Director-General Ko and Deputy Assistant Secretary Lambert had in-depth discussions on major bilateral issues including high-level exchanges and alliance issues.
o In particular, the two sides followed up the implementation of the outcomes of the ROK-U.S. Summit (May 2021), which span a wide range of political, economic, health and science & technology issues. They welcomed progress on cooperation to strengthen supply chain resiliency and address global health challenges, including COVID-19.
o Furthermore, based on their shared understanding of the widening cooperation scope of the alliance, they had a broad exchange of views on cooperation related to a variety of regional and global issues such as cooperation between the ROK’s New Southern Policy and the United States’ vision for a free and open Indo-Pacific, ROK-U.S. cooperation towards Latin America, and climate change. The two sides also stressed the importance of ASEAN centrality.
3. Director-General Ko and Deputy Assistant Secretary Lambert recognized that the BPD has become an important consultation platform for systematic management of a comprehensive set of issues between the ROK and the U.S., and agreed to hold the next meeting in Korea at a mutually convenient time.