Trilateral talks with US, Japan slated for Aug. 18 at Camp David

President Yoon Suk Yeol (first from right) on May 21 speaks to Joe Biden, President of the U.S., and Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, prior to their trilateral summit on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

President Yoon Suk Yeol, Joe Biden, President of the U.S., and Fumio Kishida Fumio, Prime Minister of Japan, on Aug. 18 will hold a trilateral summit at the American presidential retreat Camp David in Maryland near Washington.

“A trilateral Korea, U.S. and Japan summit will be held in August in the U.S.,” the Office of the President in Seoul said on the morning of July 20 in a news release.

The talks will come nearly three months after President Biden in May invited the other two leaders to Washington at a trilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the Group of Seven summit in Hiroshima, Japan.

Next month’s meeting will also be the first summit by the three sides to be held separately from a multilateral conference.

After discussions, Seoul, Washington and Tokyo reportedly decided to hold the summit at Camp David in Maryland. This is the first time for President Biden to invite foreign leaders to the retreat since taking office.

“The selection of Camp David as the summit venue means that the leaders of Korea, the U.S. and Japan will put all other matters aside to dedicate time to intensive discussions on their meeting’s agenda,” a high-ranking official from the presidential office said.

This summit is expected to cover trilateral security cooperation in responding to North Korea’s nuclear and missile threats including bolstering deterrence against Pyeongyang, as well as collaboration in global supply chains, geopolitical issues like the war in Ukraine and stronger partnership in economy.

By Nadeem Faisal Baiga