Good evening. President Moon Jae-in is at the moment on his way to the United Kingdom to take part in this year's G7 meeting at the invitation of UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
There, he will take part in a three expanded sessions as well as hold bilateral summits with some of the other global leaders.
His trip after the G7 will also include state visits to Austria and Spain.
Our senior Blue House correspondent Kim Min-ji has a preview.
President Moon Jae-in on Friday departed for the UK to attend the G7 Summit.
It's part of a week-long Europe trip that will also take him to Austria and Spain.
Moon was invited to the G7 meeting in Cornwall as a guest by UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson the host of this year's meeting.
It's Moon's second G7 invitation but first time to attend as last year's meeting was canceled due to the pandemic.
Moon's official itinerary will start Saturday, local time, with an expanded session on healthcare and a string of bilateral meetings.
Those include sit-downs with his counterparts from the UK, Australia and the European Union.
As for a possible trilateral summit between South Korea, the U.S. and Japan Seoul's top office says there no consultations have been held although it didn't rule out the possibility of unofficial talks on site.
On Sunday, Moon will attend two more expanded sessions related to the economy and climate change where he is expected to share South Korea's experience with its digital and green New Deal initiatives.
In the evening, he will head to Austria for a state visit.
Moon will become the first Korean leader to make a formal visit coming ahead of the 140th anniversary next year of the two countries establishing diplomatic ties.
Moon will have a summit meeting with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to discuss ways to boost cultural and educational exchanges step up cooperation on climate issues and to prepare for a green recovery from the pandemic.
He is also expected meet with parliamentary leaders during his stay.
The last leg of his trip will take him to Spain for a state visit.
The two sides marked 70 years of diplomatic ties last year.
He will have talks with Spanish King Felipe VI and Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
Discussions will likely center on how they can work together to overcome COVID-19, foster a stable trade environment and develop eco-friendly industries.
Moon is also scheduled take part in business-related events.
The top office said Moon's invite to the G7 reflects South Korea's increased global status and that the trip to Europe marks the resumption of face-to-face summit diplomacy, which had been halted amid the pandemic.
The president will return to Seoul next Friday.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News.