Two states sharing so many common interests

Republic of Korea to expand economic, cultural and educational interaction with Belarus, notes Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Korea to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Kang Weon Sik, at evening dedicated to 20th anniversary since establishment of Belarusian-Korean diplomatic relations

By Galina Grishkovets

The diplomat stressed that, for the past 20 years, our two states have managed to achieve great results in bilateral collaboration despite being separated by many miles. Although trade remains modest, there is a mutual desire to expand it.
The Ambassador also underlined that both countries have established good cultural exchange. Artistic groups from Korea successfully perform in Belarus while Belarusian bands are a success in Seoul. Mr. Kang Weon Sik is convinced that Belarus boasts great potential for further development of co-operation in all areas. He believes that, since independence, Belarus has achieved much in the spheres of economy and science.

He noted that the Republic of Korea is also strengthening its position within the international arena — in politics, economy and IT. In 2010, Seoul hosted the G20 Summit and, in March, will welcome the Nuclear Security Summit. Meanwhile, EXPO-2012 is to open in the South Korean city of Yeosu this May, dedicated to water resource development.

Belarus’ Deputy Foreign Minister, Alexander Guryanov, a former Ambassador of Belarus to the Republic of Korea, notes the importance of interaction with this country. In his opinion, for the past 20 years, relations between our two countries have been developing well in all directions, with over 20 intergovernmental agreements signed. Mr. Guryanov also stresses the vital role played by both states’ embassies in strengthening mutually beneficial co-operation.

Nina Ivanova, Chair of the Presidium of the Belarusian Society of Friendship and Cultural Ties with Foreign Countries, emphasises that ties are developing not only at state level but also between individual citizens. Over 600 Koreans currently reside in Belarus, bringing with them their culture and traditions.

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