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Kishida invites Yoon to upcoming G-7 summit: report

By Yonhap

Published : March 20, 2023 - 21:08

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President Yoon Suk Yeol (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida clink their glasses at a restaurant after their summit in Tokyo on March 16, 2023. (Yonhap) President Yoon Suk Yeol (L) and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida clink their glasses at a restaurant after their summit in Tokyo on March 16, 2023. (Yonhap)

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida invited South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol to a G-7 summit to be held in Hiroshima in May, a news report said Monday.

According to Japan's Kyodo News Agency, Kishida told reporters he invited leaders of South Korea, Brazil, India, Vietnam and four other countries to the upcoming G-7 summit during his current visit to India.

Japan has the authority to invite countries to the G-7 summit this year as the host nation.

The report came less than a week after Yoon and Kishida held a bilateral summit in Tokyo, signaling a significant warming of the long-strained relations between Seoul and Tokyo.

Ahead of the summit, Seoul announced a solution to the long-running dispute over compensation for Koreans forced into hard labor for Japanese companies when Korea was under Japan's colonial rule from 1910-45.

Last week, Yoon said in an interview with Japan's Yomiuri Shimbun that the G-7 summit will give South Korea an opportunity to establish "strong solidarity and cooperation with countries that share universal values mainly in security, economy and trade."