Yoon may visit former President Park before meeting Moon

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SEOUL, March 25 (Yonhap) — A much-anticipated meeting between President-elect Yoon Suk-yeol and former President Park Geun-hye appears to be shaping up next week amid uncertainty for his long-awaited meeting with President Moon. Jae-in.

Park, who was pardoned last December after spending nearly five years in prison for abuse of power and other crimes, was discharged from a Seoul hospital and arrived at her new residence in the southeastern city of Daegu on Thursday. east of the country.

Yoon, known for his unusual relationship with Park dating back to 2017 when he, as a prosecutor, investigated his corruption allegations, expressed a desire to visit him before and after he was elected president.

While Yoon is expected to travel to Daegu next week to thank local residents for his election victory, his meeting with Park is expected to take place then, officials said.

In contrast, Yoon’s first meeting with Moon has been postponed indefinitely. They were due to have a one-on-one lunch in Cheong Wa Dae on March 16 in their first meeting since Yoon won the March 9 presidential election. But both parties have announced the postponement of this morning’s lunch.

They are said to be at odds over many outstanding issues, including the pardon of imprisoned former president Lee Myung-bak and reshuffles of high-profile government figures.

Moon’s opposition to Yoon’s plan to move the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae to the Defense Ministry compound further complicated the prospects for their meeting.

Sixteen days have passed since the March 9 election and the longest time it took an incumbent president to meet with a president-elect was 18 days. Unless progress is made soon, this record is in danger of being broken.

From Yoon’s side, it’s hard to attach any special significance to who the president-elect meets first.

“Park was a president from our People Power Party. It’s very natural for the president-elect to visit and console him. Yoon’s meeting with Park is considered human while his meeting with Moon will be political,” a statement said. responsible. close to the elected president.

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