S. Korean president heads home after APEC summit

November 15, 2009 5:39 pm 

By Byun Duk-kun

SINGAPORE, Nov. 15 — South Korean President Lee Myung-bak headed home Sunday after the end of a two-day summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum where he promoted free trade and collaboration with the G-20.

As head of the host nation for the G-20 summit in November next year, Lee emphasized the cooperative link needed between the two economic forums, a notion included in a joint statement of the APEC summit.

"We endorse the goals of the G-20 framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth," the joint statement said.

"Representing the economically most dynamic region in the world and accounting for half of global trade and output, APEC is well placed to provide the momentum necessary to achieve these goals," the statement said.

The South Korean president will arrive in Seoul late Sunday. He is scheduled to hold a bilateral summit this week with U.S. President Barack Obama who will end his four-nation Asia trip in South Korea. (PNA/Yonhap)

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