The presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Friday it plans to seek a meeting between President Moon Jae-in and rival party leaders this month and is open to discussing the agenda with opposition parties.
President Moon proposed a meeting with the leaders of political parties to discuss Seoul's potential plan to send food aid to North Korea during his special live interview with public broadcaster KBS on Thursday.
|President Moon Jae-in attends a luncheon meeting with his key aides at a restaurant in Samcheong-dong, on Friday. (Yonhap)|
The proposal came amid a political stalemate following a move by the ruling Democratic Party and three minor parties to "fast-track" key reform bills despite strong opposition from the main opposition party.
"The agenda can be adjusted through discussions. We seek to prepare to enable such a meeting to occur this month," a presidential official said, asking not to be named.
The official added that Cheong Wa Dae will push for working-level consultations immediately, so that the meeting can take place as fast as possible.
The main opposition Liberty Korea Party (LKP) strongly opposed the fast-track bid, calling it evidence of the liberal bloc's tyranny.
In response to Moon's proposal, LKP chairman Hwang Kyo-ahn raised the need for a meeting to discuss current issues, including the fast-track row, other than food assistance to North Korea.
He also called for the party leaders to have one-on-one meetings with Moon, but an official from Cheong Wa Dae said such a proposal can't be considered in the current situation.
Moon stressed the need to fully operate a joint policy consultative body involving the government and rival parties.
The president and floor leaders of five political parties reached an agreement during a meeting in August 2018 to hold such a session once every quarter. But such gatherings have not taken place since the inaugural meeting in November. (Yonhap)