President Moon Jae-in attended a ceremony in which six new ambassadors to Korea presented their diplomatic credentials at Cheong Wa Dae from 10:00 this morning. Following the ceremony, President Moon spoke with the participants.
President Moon congratulated Ambassador of Sierra Leone Kathos Jibao Mattai on his country’s peaceful change of administration through two elections after overcoming civil war and an outbreak of the Ebola virus. The President went on to express the hope that the Korean Government’s development cooperation projects, such as the supply of drinking water since the Ebola outbreak, have been of help to the country. He also asked for the country’s interest in Korean seafood businesses operating in its capital city Freetown. Sierra Leone’s new Ambassador to Korea mentioned in reply that his country sees Korea as a role model given its experience and development. He expressed the hope that bilateral exchanges and cooperation would be strengthened.
President Moon told Ambassador of Spain Juan Ignacio Morro Villacian that Korea and Spain have a lot in common in terms of population and economic power. The President added that he hoped to see bilateral cooperation in jointly advancing into third countries. Spain’s new Ambassador said that he had high regard for President Moon’s leadership in the settlement of peace on the Korean Peninsula. He went on to express the hope that bilateral cooperation would expand further in 2020, the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
To the Dominican Ambassador to Korea, Enrique Humberto Salazar Caraballo, President Moon said, "As the Dominican Republic is a hub in the Caribbean, I would like to request cooperation in promoting Korea's relations with your neighboring countries." The President next congratulated the Dominican Ambassador on his country's assuming the role of Latin American Regional Coordinator of the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). In reply, the Ambassador said that he highly evaluated President Moon's efforts to improve the quality of life of the vulnerable in society, expressing his respect for the President's endeavors to settle peace on the Korean Peninsula.
To Ambassador of Ethiopia Shiferaw Shigutie Wolassa, President Moon said, "Ethiopia was the only African country to send ground troops during the Korean War, for which I feel grateful. The Korean people are still thankful as well." The new Ambassador expressed the hope for further progress in bilateral relations going forward, noting that Ethiopia regards Korea as a model for its economic development and democracy.
President Moon told Kyrgyzstan’s new Ambassador to Korea, Dinara Kemelova, "Kyrgyzstan is often called the Alps of Central Asia for its beauty, hence many Koreans travel to your country. As trade between our two countries increases, I hope to see such exchanges grow further." The Kyrgyz Ambassador noted that Korea has made significant achievements in education and nurturing talented individuals, adding that he hoped Korean businesses would continue to invest in Kyrgyzstan in the years to come.
President Moon said to Malaysian Ambassador to Korea Mohamed Ashri Muda, “Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir’s Look East Policy and my New Southern Policy would have greater synergy if they support each other. I hope that our bilateral relations will develop more through this.” The President also expressed his gratitude to the Ambassador for his hard work in preparing for his state visit to Malaysia. The Ambassador replied that there are many areas in which Malaysia can learn from Korea, including Korea’s advanced technology and development of green cities and human resources. He expressed hope that Malaysia’s Look East Policy and Korea’s New Southern Policy would lead to a brighter future in economic cooperation as the President had indicated.
President Moon told the new ambassadors present today, “North Korea’s denuclearization and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula are developing in a positive direction, but the fact that an agreement was not reached at the second North Korea-U.S. summit indicates that there is still much to be done. I ask all of you to work together until peace on the Korean Peninsula will be finally settled.” In reply, the ambassadors were united in expressing active support for complete denuclearization and the peace process on the Korean Peninsula.