Moon Jae-in will visit Australia with South Korea’s first lady Kim Jung-sook from 12-15 December.
This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the Republic of South Korea.
Prime minister Scott Morrison confirmed the trip in a statement on Tuesday, describing the Republic as one of Australia’s ‘closest partners in the region’.
“I look forward to welcoming president Moon and the first lady to Australia,” Morrison said.
“Our bilateral relationship continues to grow, underpinned by trade, shared values, common regional strategic interests and a commitment to an open, inclusive and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” Morrison said.
The NSW and ACT governments have approved the visit of the South Korean leader and his team, the PM added, with measures such as regular testing and mask wearing to ensure the visit is COVID safe.
All members of the South Korean delegation will be fully vaccinated and required to submit a negative COVID-19 test 72 hours prior to their arrival in Australia.
“During President Moon’s visit we will formally elevate the relationship to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, reflecting the depth and breadth of our cooperation and people-to-people links, and common aspirations to work even more closely together in our region,” the PM said.