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Posted : 2008-07-08 10:45
Updated : 2008-07-08 10:45

President Lee Heads for Japan for Expanded G8 Summit

President Lee Myung-bak Tuesday left for Japan to attend an expanded G8 summit of major industrialized countries, which will be held in Toyako, a resort city in Hokkaido, northern Japan, through Wednesday.

Lee is the first South Korean president to participate in the G8 summit that will focus on global countermeasures against climate change and skyrocketing oil and raw materials prices.

Leaders of the G8 _ the U.S., Japan, Russia, France, Britain, Canada, Italy and Germany -- began their three-day summit Monday.

President Lee has been invited to the expanded G8 summit along with leaders of 13 other non-G8 countries _ China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Australia, Indonesia and a group of seven African nations.

Lee will hold a series of summit talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and Mexican President Felipe Calderon shortly after arriving in Toyako later Tuesday, according to Cheong Wa Dae, South Korea's presidential mansion.

He will also hold summit talks with U.S. President George W. Bush, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono Wednesday. Lee will return home Wednesday night.

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