South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol finished his visit to France and Vietnam, where he advocated for South Korea to host the 2030 World Expo and promised to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam. In Paris, Yoon attended a general assembly of the Bureau International des Expositions and made a presentation to delegates from 179 member states, promising to make the Expo the best ever if Busan is chosen as the host city. Yoon sees the Expo as an opportunity for South Korea to give back to the international community for the support it received after the Korean War. The Expo is expected to generate significant economic benefits for the country. Yoon also met with French President Emmanuel Macron and discussed cooperation on counteracting North Korea’s nuclear and missile programs and ensuring fair trade for South Korean businesses in the European Union. In Vietnam, Yoon held a summit with Vietnamese President Vo Van Thuong and pledged to strengthen cooperation against North Korea’s nuclear threats and increase bilateral trade. South Korea also agreed to provide Vietnam with $4 billion in soft loans by 2030 as part of official development assistance. The two countries will hold annual foreign ministerial talks and establish a center to develop Vietnam’s rare earth elements.
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