(LEAD) FM Park advocates ‘rules-based multilateralism’ at G-20 meeting

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BALI/SEOUL, 08 July (Yonhap) — South Korea’s top diplomat called for efforts to strengthen “rules-based multilateralism” and ensure the resumption of Ukrainian food exports at a Group of 20 meeting in Indonesia on Friday, his office said.

Foreign Minister Park Jin stressed the importance of reinvigorating multilateral cooperation at the G-20 foreign ministerial meeting, which was largely overshadowed by geopolitical division over Russia’s invasion of Ukraine .

In his debut on the multilateral diplomatic scene since taking office in May, Park shared South Korea’s vision of playing a bigger role, as the world’s 10th largest economy, for freedom, peace and prosperity. world, his ministry said in a statement.

He also noted that the global food and fuel crises have been exacerbated by the conflict in Ukraine and called on G-20 members to cooperate to ensure Ukraine can resume agricultural exports, he added.

On the sidelines of the two-day conference, Park held back-to-back bilateral talks with his counterparts from China, Spain, Germany, the United Arab Emirates, Indonesia, Australia and the European Union to discuss regional and global issues.

Later on Friday, Park had his first trilateral session with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Japanese Foreign Minister Hayashi Yoshimasa, in another show of efforts by regional powers to strengthen their cooperation amid saber blows from North Korea.

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