October 15, 2015 / 10:04 PM / 3 years ago

South Korea president hopes for better Japan ties from three-way summit

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - South Korean President Park Geun-hye said on Thursday she hoped a three-way summit to be held between her country, China and Japan would be an opportunity to improve regional stability and South Korea’s relations with Japan.

South Korean President Park Geun-Hye speaks during a joint news conference with German President Joachim Gauck (unseen) after their meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea October 12, 2015. REUTERS/Jeon Heon-Kyun/Pool

“In two weeks, we will host the Korea-Japan-China trilateral summit in Seoul after a 3-1/2-year hiatus,” Park told a think tank during a visit to Washington. “It will be an important occasion to pursue peace and stability in northeast Asia, as well as to improve Korea-Japan relations.

“I hope this trilateral summit will provide an opportunity to clear away obstacles hindering bilateral ties and to hold sincere discussions on the way forward towards a common future.”

Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by Sandra Maler

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