Sunday, May 17, 2009

Bill Clinton in Seoul May 18 and 19

According to an Asian News Source, JoongAng Daily, Bill Clinton will meet with former Korean President Kim Dae-jung in Seoul tomorrow, May 18.

An aide close to Kim said Clinton had suggested the meeting.

Bill apparently will be in Seoul to give the keynote speech on May 19th at the C40 Large Cities Climate Summit, to be held at the Shilla Hotel.

An aide to Kim also said that “Kim and Clinton will exchange views on issues ranging from solving the North Korean nuclear issue to peace in the Korean Peninsula.”

This will be the first meeting in 20 months between the two (their last meeting was September 26, 2007 at a Clinton Global Initative event). Ordinarily, a meeting between two former leaders isn't such a big deal, but reports from JoongAng Daily are saying that this is different now because of Hillary Clinton's important role as Secretary of State.

Also, Kim met with key Obama Administration officials - including Hillary Clinton - and Stephen Bosworth, the U.S. Special Representative for North Korea Policy - earlier this year.

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