South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol has accepted an invitation from the U.S. President Joseph Biden to participate in the Korea-US-Japan Summit, scheduled to take place at Camp David, USA, on August 18. This invitation was extended to President Yoon Seok-yeol and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida during the G7 summit held in Hiroshima, Japan, back in May.
After the launch of the Yoon Seok-yeol government, the heads of Korea, the United States, and Japan met three times: △the NATO summit in Madrid in June 2022 △ASEAN summit in Phnom Penh in November 2022 △G7 summit in Hiroshima last May.
In particular, at the Korea-US-Japan Summit held on the occasion of the ASEAN Summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, in November of last year, the leaders of the three countries announced the ‘Phnom Penh Statement,’ the most comprehensive content ever among the three countries.
In the Phnom Penh Statement, the three heads of state agreed to share real-time information on North Korean missile warnings, establish a dialogue on economic security between Korea, the U.S. and Japan, strengthen cooperation in key and emerging technologies, health and climate change, and cooperate with ASEAN, Mekong and Pacific Islands, and establish the Taiwan Strait. They reaffirmed the importance of maintaining peace and stability and agreed to condemn the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
“The three leaders will discuss expanding trilateral cooperation across the Indo-Pacific and beyond – including to address the continued threat posed by (North Korea) and to strengthen ties with ASEAN and the Pacific Islands,” White House spokesperson Karine Jean-Pierre stated.
The upcoming Korea-US-Japan summit in August will take place at Camp David, an exclusive retreat for the U.S. president and his family, approximately 100 kilometers from Washington, DC. Nestled at the foot of the Catoctin Mountains in Maryland, northwest of the capital, Camp David spans an area of 5,000 square meters. It also has essential facilities, including an office and conference room, enabling the president to attend to official matters while on vacation.
While President Biden has made over 30 visits to Camp David since taking office, it is notable that this marks the first time a foreign leader has been extended an invitation to the exclusive presidential retreat. South Korean President Yoon Seok-yeol’s inclusion in this historic gathering signals the growing importance of South Korea as a key ally in the region.
As the first South Korean president to attend such a summit at Camp David, President Yoon’s presence further strengthens South Korea’s position on the global stage. President Biden’s initiative to unite key Asian allies signals efforts to strengthen relations among Japan, South Korea, and the United States.