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President Park meets with envoys

President Park Geun-hye received a visit from envoys from Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations.
President Park shared opinions on the issues of the Korean Peninsula and discussed ways to boost regional cooperation with ambassadors from Denmark, Spain, Norway, Switzerland, Canada, and New Zealand who were present at the April 17 meeting at Cheong Wa Dae.

President Park Geun-hye (left) shakes hands with ambassadors from Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations on April 17 at Cheong Wa Dae (photo from Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye (left) shakes hands with ambassadors from Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations on April 17 at Cheong Wa Dae (photo from Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park expressed her gratitude for the support their countries have shown for Seoul’s North Korean policy in regard to Pyongyang’s recent provocations and threats.
“It is time to break the vicious cycle of holding negotiations and providing assistance when the North makes threats and provocations,” said President Park at the meeting.
The president also asked the ambassadors for the continuing cooperation of their countries so that Pyongyang can make the “right decision.’"

Danish ambassador Peter Lysholt Hansen said that the South Korean government is responding calmly with the North, valuing President Park’s leadership in dealing with North Korean issues.
Other attendees also said that members of the international community are of one mind to support Seoul. The ambassadors said that they are assuring safety for the peoples of their nations living in South Korea and expressed hope that their countries can cooperate closely with the South Korean government in this regard.

President Park Geun-hye (third from left) holds talks with ambassadors from Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations on April 17 at Cheong Wa Dae (photo from Cheong Wa Dae).

President Park Geun-hye (third from left) holds talks with ambassadors from Western Europe and the Commonwealth of Nations on April 17 at Cheong Wa Dae (photo from Cheong Wa Dae).

To enhance bilateral relations, the ambassadors expressed hope that Seoul can reach an agreement in ongoing free trade negotiation or additional negotiation with the existing free trade pacts with their countries. They also showed interest in cooperation and sharing experiences with South Korea in various sectors, including creative economy, renewable energy, and Antarctic development projects.

The president said she will strive to protect security so that expatriates living in South Korea can live safely and comfortably, while asking for their help so that Seoul can advance ties with their countries.

By Yoon Sojung
arete@korea.kr

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