By Kim Minji
President Moon Jae-in and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on July 7 agreed in a virtual summit marking 60 years of diplomatic relations to strengthen bilateral ties.
Cheong Wa Dae Spokesperson Park Kyung-mee said both leaders began the hour-long summit at 4:30 p.m. and exchanged a wide range of opinions on enhancing bilateral ties, the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and in the region, practical cooperation and global issues.
Based on their "comprehensive future-oriented partnership," she added, the two leaders agreed to expand future-oriented practical collaboration in areas like semiconductors and the Fourth Industrial Revolution and bilateral cooperation on the world stage.
With the summit marking 60 years of bilateral ties, the two leaders said their countries since 1961 have developed friendly cooperative relations in fields like politics, economy and culture.
In a joint news statement, they stressed harnessing their respective strengths in innovative industries to successfully play a leading role in the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
President Moon called the Netherlands a global power in semiconductor equipment and Korea a world powerhouse in chip manufacturing, adding that the investment of the Dutch company ASML Holdings in Korea's extreme ultraviolet industrial cluster will help Korean chipmakers form a stable supply chain.
He said that as core partners in the semiconductor industry, both sides should develop complementary cooperation.
In response, Prime Minister Rutte suggested videoconferencing as a platform for bilateral dialogue on semiconductor cooperation in depth.
President Moon also said he expects bilateral ties to grow in areas like semiconductors, the bio industry, hydrogen, future cars, shipping and distribution, and startups, to which the Dutch leader said he hopes both nations create synergy by applying cutting-edge technologies.
The president said that as the world's second-largest producer of biomedicine, Korea will contribute to ending the pandemic faster.
Prime Minister Rutte also discussed a forum on vaccines slated for next year in the Netherlands, and President Moon said Korea will participate.
The two countries also reaffirmed their commitment to establish peace on the peninsula. President Moon also pledged his best efforts to repatriate the remains of Dutch soldiers killed in the Korean War, to which the prime minister expressed thanks.