On 17 November Seoul, the capital of South Korea, the Ambassador of Latvia Pēteris Vaivars hosted a reception to commemorate the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of the Republic of Latvia and 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Korea. For the first time in their history the first Latvian Ambassador-in-residence to South Korea welcomed guests to an event dedicated to Latvia’s National Day.
In the festive event attended by 300 guests from the South Korean government and society, businesses, the press, the cultural and diplomatic circles and the Latvian diaspora in Korea, Ambassador Vaivars emphasised the special relations between Latvia and Korea that have been evolving on the basis of principles of mutual cooperation, respect and democracy. Mutual exchanges in business, culture and other fields have become more active in the recent years. Reciprocal visits take place more frequently with every year and are aimed at the strengthening of links between both countries.
“The primary mission of the Embassy is to promote the Latvian-Korean economic relations. I am truly happy that businessmen are increasingly seeking opportunities to cooperate, and the Embassy serves as a support base for these businesses. Today, as we celebrate the 98th anniversary of the proclamation of Latvia and 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic relations between Latvia and Korea, I am particularly glad to see here so many friends of Latvia and persons interested in our country,” said Ambassador Pēteris Vaivars.
In his remarks, the Deputy Minister for Political Affairs at the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kim Hyoung-zhin, congratulated the Latvian people on the 98th birthday of their state and emphasised the close relations between Latvia and Korea, which see their 25th anniversary this year. Kim Hyoung-zhin noted the tenacity of the Latvian and Korean people and their ability to overcome the yoke of occupation by other countries while retaining their culture and traditions. The Deputy Minister congratulated Latvia on its economic achievements and the conclusion of accession negotiations to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) this year.
The reception featured the screening of Latvian videos with Korean subtitles prepared at the Embassy and a presentation of new economy-related informational materials in Korean. The Latvian food and drinks table was laid out with Latvian specialties – rye bread, “Laima” chocolates, cheese, smoked sprats in oil, the sklandrausis pies of rye pastry, Latvian grey peas and Riga Black Balsam. A Latvian company STENDERS had prepared a special surprise for the guests and presented them with souvenir sets of Latvian beauty products. The embassy extends special thanks to the companies STENDERS and BANGA for providing their products for the reception.
In an official ceremony, the Ambassador presented Certificates of Commendation to R.Cimurs, N.Kotāns, L.Tarvide and J. August Kim for the promotion of bilateral relations and their special personal support rendered to the Latvian Embassy in South Korea.
The Embassy of Latvia in South Korea was opened on 15 September 2015. Latvia’s first Ambassador-in-residence to the Republic of Korea, Pēteris Vaivars, was accredited on 16 January 2016. Diplomatic relations between both countries were established in 1991.
Embassy of the Republic of Latvia in the Republic of Korea
Address: 29, Hannam-daero 36-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul, 04417, Republic of Korea
Telephone: (02) 2-2022-3800
Fax: (02) 2-2022-3803