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Yoon's meeting with NATO chief postponed due to scheduling issue

South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (R) greets reporters on the presidential plane on his way to Madrid on Monday, to attend the NATO summit on his first overseas trip as president. (Yonhap)
South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol (R) greets reporters on the presidential plane on his way to Madrid on Monday, to attend the NATO summit on his first overseas trip as president. (Yonhap)

MADRID -- President Yoon Suk-yeol's scheduled meeting with the secretary-general of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) on Tuesday has been postponed due to the NATO chief's previous meeting running longer than expected, Yoon's office said.

Yoon was scheduled to meet with NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg in Madrid, one day ahead of the NATO summit involving the organization's 30 member states and nine global partner nations.

The meeting was pushed back, however, as Stoltenberg's meeting with the leaders of Finland, Sweden and Turkey ran longer than planned amid Turkey's opposition to the two Nordic countries' bid to join NATO, a presidential official said.

"It's unclear whether (Yoon's meeting) will be rescheduled to tomorrow or Thursday, but for now, it's been postponed," the official said.

Yoon's planned bilateral summit with Finnish President Sauli Niinisto was also canceled due to the four-way meeting. (Yonhap)

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