Washington: South Korean President Lee
Myung-bak has arrived for a state visit expected to coincide with congressional approval of a US-South Korea trade pact.
President Barack Obama will host Lee for talks at the White House and a state dinner Thursday. The South Korean leader will also address a joint session of Congress.
South Korea is a staunch US ally. Talks between the two
leaders will likely focus on the trade pact, which both
chambers of Congress plan to vote today. The president will
also discuss next steps for dealing with nuclear-armed North
On Friday, the two presidents will travel to a General
Motors auto plant in Detroit. Supporters of the trade pact say
it will generate billions in U.S. exports and tens of
thousands of jobs.