24 September 2019 - 25 Elul 5779 - כ"ה אלול ה' אלפים תשע"ט
AJC leadership delegation visits South Korea, Japan and China E-mail

In October, a member delegation led by AJC Asia Pacific Institute (API) Director Shira Loewenberg visited Asia. The first stop was a two-day visit to Seoul, where the group met with, among others, Minister of Trade, Energy, and Industry Kim Hyun Chong; Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Cho Hyun, and Professor Moon Chung-in, Special Advisor for Unification, Diplomacy, and National Security Affairs for President Moon Jae-in.

The delegation also had private meetings with Israel’s Ambassador Chaim Choshen and US Deputy Chief of Mission Robert Rapson. “Our annual visits to Seoul demonstrate our continued support for the US-ROK alliance and staunch belief that a US presence in the region is vital to peace and security,” said AJC Asia Pacific Institute (API) Director Shira Loewenberg.

The principal topics discussed during the visit were: Korean-US bilateral ties; Korean-Israeli bilateral relations, including the status of the proposed free-trade agreement between the two countries; the status of North Korean nuclear negotiations, and ongoing challenges in the Middle East, among them North Korean proliferation activities in the region.

On 19 October, the AJC leadership delegation concluded a two-day visit to Japan by meeting privately with Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Hideo Sato, Senior Advisor to Prime Minister Abe and the Foreign Minister. The visit included discussions with US Ambassador William Hagerty and a dinner hosted by Israeli Ambassador Yaffa Ben-Ari.

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