Historic reception in celebration of Latvia’s National Day and the recent opening of the Embassy of Latvia in Seoul

23.11.2015. 11:53

On the 19th of November, in Seoul, the capital of South Korea, a reception took place to celebrate Latvia’s National Day and the opening of the new Latvian Embassy. Korea’s Deputy Prime Minister Hwang Woo Yeo attended the event and the Ambassador of Latvia, Normans Penke, in his remarks to those gathered, emphasised the value Latvia places on close relations with Korea. Ambassador Penke said that exploring the potential for developing economic links and establishing conditions conducive for Korean and Latvian companies engaging in business and trade between the two countries is a main priority. The Ambassador pointed out that the opening of the Embassy of Korea in Riga in 2012 has already yielded visible results in deepening relations between Korea and Latvia and that the new Embassy of Latvia in Korea which opened in September 2015 will now also be contributing to this important work.         

Deputy Prime Minister Hwang Woo Yeo offered his congratulations on the occasion of the 97th anniversary of Latvia’s proclamation and the recent opening of the Embassy of Latvia. He said that during his visit to Latvia in April 2015, he had a chance to see fine architecture and natural beauty of the landscape, and that there is no question that many who live in Korea will be interested in what Latvia has to offer. On behalf of the Korean government, the Deputy Prime Minister expressed pleasure at the opening of the Latvia’s new Embassy and spoke enthusiastically of the friendly relations that had developed between Korea and Latvia in the 24 years since diplomatic relations were established in 1991.  

Latvia’s Honorary Consul General Kwan Kyung-hoon expressed his wishes for the ongoing successful development of relations between Latvia and Korea and underlined the importance of the launch of Latvia’s new mission in Korea in the context of strengthening bilateral relations.

Over one hundred guests attended the reception including Korean government officials, businessmen, diplomats, members of Latvia’s diaspora, and journalists.  

During the reception, the Latvian Institute’s video “Latvia – get to know it” was played with Korean subtitles and the guests had a chance to taste Latvian rye bread (rupjmaize), “Laima” chocolates, and “Rīgas melnais balzams”. The Embassy expressed its thanks to NP Foods for providing the Laima products on this occasion.    

Latvia’s Embassy in Seoul opened for business just this year on the 15th of September. Normans Penke is Latvia’s Ambassador to Korea and he resides in Tokyo. The Latvian Embassy’s Chargé d’Affaires a.i. is Oļegs Iļģis.

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