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(2nd LD) Yoon says S. Korea, Netherlands will form ‘semiconductor alliance’

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By Lee Haye-ah

AMSTERDAM/SEOUL, Dec. 12 (Yonhap) — President Yoon Suk Yeol began his state visit to the Netherlands by meeting with a group of Korean residents and vowing to upgrade the two countries’ relations to a “semiconductor alliance.”

As the first official schedule, Yoon and first lady Kim Keon Hee attended a welcoming ceremony hosted by Willem-Alexander, king of the Netherlands, held at Dam Square in Amsterdam on Tuesday (local time).

Then, they were greeted by the Netherlands’ palace and government officials at the Royal Palace.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (L, front row) and Willem-Alexander (R, front row), king of the Netherlands, attend a welcome ceremony for the South Korean leader at Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Dec. 12, 2023. (Yonhap)

Yoon arrived in Amsterdam on Monday on a four-day visit aimed at strengthening cooperation between South Korea, a leading chip manufacturer, and the Netherlands, home to chipmaking equipment companies such as ASML.

“Semiconductors are an important area not only for our industries but also for our security,” he said during the dinner meeting with some 100 Korean residents at an Amsterdam hotel. “Through this visit, the semiconductor cooperation between South Korea and the Netherlands will be upgraded to a semiconductor alliance.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (2nd from R) pays tribute to the National Monument at Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Dec. 12, 2023. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol (2nd from R) pays tribute to the National Monument at Dam Square in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on Dec. 12, 2023. (Yonhap)

Yoon is scheduled to visit the ASML headquarters in Veldhoven on Tuesday, together with Samsung Electronics Executive Chairman Lee Jae-yong and SK Chairman Chey Tae-won. The two South Korean companies are among the world’s leading chipmakers.

Yoon will become the first foreign leader to tour a “cleanroom” manufacturing facility there, according to his office.

“(The cooperation) between South Korea and the Netherlands is expanding its horizons from strategic areas such as national defense and security to economic and cultural exchanges, as well as exchanges in cutting-edge science and technology,” he said. “With the signing of many agreements and MOUs during this visit, the South Korea-Netherlands relationship will deepen further.”

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol delivers a speech during a dinner meeting with Korean nationals at a hotel in Amsterdam on Dec. 11, 2023. Yoon arrived in the Netherlands for a four-day state visit earlier in the day. (Yonhap)

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol delivers a speech during a dinner meeting with Korean nationals at a hotel in Amsterdam on Dec. 11, 2023. Yoon arrived in the Netherlands for a four-day state visit earlier in the day. (Yonhap)

Yoon thanked the Korean community in the Netherlands for serving as a bridge between the two nations, noting their number has grown to nearly 10,000.

He also recounted the long history between the two countries, including the influences of two Dutch sailors — Jan Weltevree and Hendrik Hamel — whose vessels drifted to Korea in the 17th century and led them to spend many years in the country.

The Netherlands also sent more than 5,000 troops to fight alongside South Korea during the 1950-53 Korean War.

Yoon’s focus on chip cooperation was evident during a meeting with his aides aboard the presidential plane en route to Amsterdam, according to a senior presidential official.

During the two-hour meeting, Yoon spent about half the time discussing semiconductors, the official said.

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, (on stairs) arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for a four-day state visit on Dec. 11, 2023. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol and his wife, Kim Keon Hee, (on stairs) arrive at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol for a four-day state visit on Dec. 11, 2023. (Pool photo) (Yonhap)

hague@yna.co.kr
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