Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se said Thursday that President Park Geun-hye must attend a three-way summit with China and Japan's leaders that is being sought to be held within the year.
Yun made the remark during a full session of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee.
He said Japan, which is organizing the summit, has proposed a date to Seoul and Beijing and is gathering opinions.
Yun cited that the three-nation summit opened in Seoul last year after a three-and-a-half year hiatus that had resulted from strained Seoul-Tokyo ties.
He said holding such a gathering is crucial for stability and cooperation in Northeast Asia, stressing that Seoul will have much to lose if the president does not attend the summit due to domestic reasons.
Meanwhile, Park has decided not to attend the APEC Leaders' Summit set to open in Peru on Saturday and Sunday due to security-related concerns on the Korean Peninsula. It would mark the first time for South Korea's president not to participate in the regional summit.
Source: KBS World Radio