S Korea, Pacific Islands to boost ties after first-ever summit | News

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol and leaders of the Pacific Islands have agreed to expand cooperation, including in the areas of economic development, security and the response to climate change following a two-day summit in Seoul.

The joint declaration from the first-ever Korea-Pacific Islands Summit, which ended on Tuesday, recognised shared values of “freedom, democracy, the rule of law, human rights” and the “rules-based regional and international order”.

It said “peace and stability in the Pacific region are interlinked with global peace and stability”, and that the leaders acknowledged “the need to strengthen development cooperation and security collaboration including maritime security, climate security, energy security, cyber security, human security, public health and transnational security”.

Some 12 leaders and officials from 17 of the 18 members of the Pacific Islands…

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