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President-elect Park meets ambassadors from ASEAN, France, Britain

President-elect Park Geun-hye (right) meets nine ambassadors of ASEAN member countries on January 14 in Seoul (photo: presidential transition committee).

President-elect Park Geun-hye received ambassadors from nine member countries of the Association of South-East Asian Nations (ASEAN) at her office in Seoul on January 14.

“The ASEAN region has growing importance as Korea’s second-largest trading partner,” Park said at the meeting. “ASEAN is becoming Korea’s most important partner and a key ally.”

The nine ASEAN ambassadors Park met that day represented Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

President-elect Park Geun-hye (right) speaks during the meeting with British Ambassador to Korea Scott Wightman on January 14 in Seoul (photo: presidential transition committee).

President-elect Park also received a visit from British Ambassador to Korea Scott Wightman on the same day. The British envoy delivered a congratulatory message from British Prime Minister David Cameron.

Park mentioned that Korea had been elected to the UN Security Council for a two-year term starting this year. “Korea and the Britain, one of the non-permanent members of the UN Security Council, can closely cooperate in the international community in many areas, including issues involving the Korean Peninsula, in the future,” said Park at the meeting.

President-elect Park Geun-hye received a visit from French Ambassador to Korea Jerome Pasquier later that day. The French envoy delivered a congratulatory letter from French President François Hollande. (Left photo: President-elect Park Geun-hye (right) receives a visit from French Ambassador to Korea Jerome Pasquier in Seoul on January 14. (photo: the presidential transition committee))

“Korea and France can make efforts to expand cultural and economic exchanges between the two countries,” said Park at the meeting.

She also spoke of her hope that “the two countries can make efforts to help more small and medium-sized enterprises enter into the markets of both countries.”

By Yoon Sojung
arete@korea.kr

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