President Yoon Suk-yeol delivered a congratulatory message to Lee Jae-myung, the new leader of the Democratic Party of Korea, and talked on the phone on Aug. 30.
Kim Eun-hye, senior presidential secretary for public relations, said in a written briefing that President Yoon delivered a congratulatory message to Lee Jae-myung through Lee Jin-bok, senior secretary for political affairs. The call was made in the form of senior secretary for political affairs calling President Yoon to change the main opposition party leader Lee.
The phone conversation between Yoon and Lee lasted for three to four minutes. Park Sung-joon, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Korea, said, "When Senior Secretary Lee said that President Yoon wants to talk on the phone, Lee readily accepted, ‘Yes, that's good.’" It is explained that President Yoon and new Democratic Party leader Lee spoke on the spot without prior coordination.
President Yoon told Lee, "Congratulations on your election. If there is anything I can do to help you in carrying out the party's leadership, I will also help you. Above all, the national economy is difficult, so I ask for bipartisan cooperation in legislation for people's livelihoods."
Meanwhile, during the phone call, Lee also thanked Yoon for restricting the protests at the former President Moon Jae-in's residence. Park Sung-joon, a spokesman for the Democratic Party of Korea, said, "President Yoon asked after Moon, and Lee said that he had visited Pyeongsan Village, Moon's residence, the previous day, and thanked him."