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Kerry in Seoul for Climate Discussions 04/17 10:23

   U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with South Korea's foreign minister in 
Seoul on Saturday for talks ahead of a virtual climate summit of world leaders 
called by President Joe Biden for next week.

   SEOUL, South Korea (AP) -- U.S. climate envoy John Kerry met with South 
Korea's foreign minister in Seoul on Saturday for talks ahead of a virtual 
climate summit of world leaders called by President Joe Biden for next week.

   Kerry arrived in South Korea after a four-day visit to China where he held 
closed-door meetings with senior Chinese officials in Shanghai.

   In Seoul, South Korean Foreign Minister Chung Eui-yong hosted Kerry for a 
dinner meeting at his residence, where Kerry wrote in a guestbook saying: 
"Thank you so much for Korea's leadership on the climate crisis."

   Details from their conversations weren't immediately released. Kerry and 
Chung had spoken over the phone twice last month to discuss the countries' 
cooperation on climate change and to exchange views on the U.N. Climate Change 
Conference scheduled to be held in Scotland in November, according to Chung's 
ministry.

   The U.S. State Department had said Kerry's visits to China and South Korea 
were to discuss "raising global climate ambition" ahead of Biden's climate 
meeting.

   Biden has invited 40 world leaders, including South Korean President Moon 
Jae-in and Chinese head of state Xi Jinping, to participate in an April 22-23 
virtual climate summit. The United States and other countries expected to 
announce more ambitious national targets for cutting carbon emissions and 
pledge financial help for climate efforts by less wealthy nations.

 
 
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