President Moon Jae-in requested Monday that Brazil throw its weight behind South Korean Trade Minister Yoo Myung-hee’s bid to become the head of the World Trade Organization (WTO), Cheong Wa Dae said, in the latest diplomatic push in pursuit of the top post.
Moon delivered the message during his 20-minute phone conversation with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kang Min-seok.
Moon took note of Brazil’s contributions to the development of the WTO, as Roberto Azevedo of the South American country served as its director general from September 2013 till August 2020.
Moon stressed that Yoo is the “optimal” figure to lead the WTO in order to realize the common goals of South Korea and Brazil: expansion of free trade, development of the WTO and restoration of the multilateral trade system, Kang said.
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