(2nd LD) Yoon says he will improve relations with Germany

(ATTN: UPDATES with Yoon’s spokesperson’s briefing at paragraphs 4-6)

SEOUL, April 06 (Yonhap) — President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol said Wednesday that he plans to improve relations with Germany during his meeting with the country’s ambassador in Seoul.

Yoon noted during the meeting with Amb. Michael Reiffenstuel that Germany is South Korea’s largest trading partner among the member states of the European Union.

“I plan to further improve our cooperative relations with Germany,” he told his office, noting that Germany has contributed greatly to South Korea’s economic and scientific development since the 1960s.

The president-elect said that based on the two countries’ strong cooperation in economic, cultural and other fields over the years, they should strengthen joint efforts to address climate change, new and renewable energy, science and technology and digital issues, its spokesperson said. , Bae Hyun-jin, said in a written briefing.

Reiffenstuel enthusiastically expressed his agreement with Yoon, saying he will make active efforts for close cooperation.

Both men further agreed on the need to support Ukraine in its war against Russia, with both countries fulfilling the “responsible role” of the international community, Bae said.

Yoon thanked Reiffenstuel for the congratulatory message sent by German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on his election.

“Germany hopes that our bilateral relations will develop further during your presidency and hopes that relations not only with Germany but also with the EU will develop,” the ambassador said.

The two exchanged pleasantries about their joint legal training. Yoon was attorney general before being elected president, while Reiffenstuel studied law before entering the foreign service.

“I think legal professionals have a similar way of thinking,” the ambassador remarked.