SEOUL, June 26 (Yonhap) – President Moon Jae-in spoke on the phone this Friday with his Swiss counterpart Simonetta Sommaruga to discuss ways to strengthen trade between the two countries.
In a telephone conversation, the President of Switzerland said that she appreciated President Moon’s willingness for inter-Korean dialogue, referring to a recent escalation of tensions on the peninsula.
“Switzerland intends to support the dialogue between the two Koreas and will continue to support the peace process on the Korean peninsula,” said the president.
Moon thanked Switzerland’s support for the peace process on the peninsula in response and pledged to cooperate continuously with Switzerland.
He also said that “the Swiss government has contributed to peace on the Korean peninsula as a member of the Neutral Nations Monitoring Commission and that the country continues to provide humanitarian aid to vulnerable people in South Korea”.
The two heads of state also discussed ways to cooperate to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-19).
Moon thanked Switzerland for helping Switzerland by providing timely Covid-19 screening equipment when South Korea experienced a large increase in new infections between February and March.
He also called for Switzerland’s active participation in the Seoul-based International Vaccine Institute (IVI), stressing that it is an international organization with powerful vaccine development and research capabilities.