문재인 대통령이 10일부터 6박 7일간 브루나이, 말레이시아, 캄보디아 등 동남아 3개국을 국빈 방문한다.

President Moon Jae-in from March 10-16 will visit Brunei, Malaysia and Cambodia. (Hyoja Studio)

By Park Gil-ja and Lee Hana 

President Moon Jae-in from March 10-16 will make official visits to Brunei, Malaysia and Cambodia, Cheong Wa Dae announced on March 4.

“The aim is to create a community that strives for peace and prosperity with our ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) partners. We hope to further improve our relations with ASEAN member states and look forward to a successful launch of the special summit with ASEAN in Seoul,” Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Kim Eui-kyeom said in a written statement.

In his first overseas tour of the year, the president seeks to bolster ties with the three member countries of ASEAN as key partners for his administration’s New Southern Policy.

The first destination will be Brunei from March 10-12 for a summit with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah. The president will discuss holding a special Korea-ASEAN summit with Brunei and promote multilateral cooperation.

Proposed by President Moon last year, the summit is expected to be held in Seoul later this year.

The second stop for the president is Malaysia from March 12-14. In Kuala Lumpur, he will hold a summit with Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah and separate talks with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on improving bilateral relations.

The final leg of the president’s Southeast Asian tour is from March 14-16 in Cambodia, where he will hold talks with King Norodom Sihamoni and Prime Minister Hun Sen.

문재인 대통령(왼쪽에서 다섯 번째)이 지난해 11월 싱가포르 선텍컨벤션센터에서 열린 20차 한-아세안 정상회의에 참석해 각국 정상들과 자리를 함께했다. 올해 하반기 한국에서 열리는 한-아세안 특별정상회의는 문 대통령이 이때 제안해 성사됐다.

President Moon Jae-in (fifth from left) on Nov. 15, 2018, poses for a photo with the leaders of ASEAN member countries at the Suntec Singapore Convention and Exhibition Center in Singapore. (Cheong Wa Dae)

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