South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol is set to embark on a four-day state visit to Britain in an effort to strengthen economic and security ties, as well as address regional challenges such as those posed by North Korea. This will be the first state visit hosted by Britain since the coronation of King Charles.
During his visit, President Yoon will be greeted with traditional ceremonies, including a guard of honour and a carriage procession to Buckingham Palace. He will also hold talks with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and sign an accord to expand bilateral partnership. President Yoon has expressed interest in deeper cooperation with Britain on geopolitical risks, supply chains, and energy security.
The trip follows President Yoon’s participation in the APEC summit in San Francisco, where he emphasized the importance of coordinating efforts to counter the growing military ties between North Korea and Russia. After his time in Britain, he will head to France to garner support for South Korea’s bid to host the 2030 World Expo. The decision on the expo host is expected to be made by member states of the International Bureau of Expositions, with its headquarters in Paris.