It may not have been the kind of trilateral summit that observers had anticipated, but President Moon Jae-in exchanged short greetings with both U.S. President Joe Biden and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga on the margins of the G7 Summit at Carbis Bay, Cornwall on Saturday.
Mr. Biden welcomed Mr. Moon as he arrived as the leader of one of the guest nations this year saying that his participation will make the G7 summit progress better.
According to the Blue House, the South Korean leader also exchanged a short greeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga - their first time meeting each other since Suga took office.
Earlier in the day, President Moon kicked off his official day at the G7 by holding a one-on-one with
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.
The two agreed to elevate their relationship to a "comprehensive partnership" marking 60 years of diplomatic relations and broaden bilateral economic cooperation, especially in the area of hydrogen use and low-carbon technologies.
"Cooperation between allies who share values has become more important amid rapid changes in international order due to COVID-19, climate crisis, low carbon and digital economic transformation. We hope that the two countries can together contribute to the stability of the global supply chain and strengthen hydrogen cooperation with low carbon technology."
Covid-19 vaccine production and distribution took center stage at his bilateral summits with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the European Union.
Moon and Merkel agreed to come up with ways to cooperate in securing a fair accessibility to vaccines and expanding the production and supply of vaccines while with his European Union counterparts, he asked for their cooperation in ensuring that Europe-made Covid vaccines are delivered without a hitch.
He also suggested close cooperation in green economic sector as EU competency in renewable energy and South Korea's competency in hydrogen and electric vehicles, battery, and energy storage equipment can produce synergy effect.
Hong Yoo, Arirang News.