On 2 October H. E. Mr. Jeong Jinkyu, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea in Bulgaria, and his wife gave a reception at Grand Hotel Sofia on the occasion of the National Foundation day.

Koreans celebrate it with special pride and emotion on October 3rd as it is linked to the first Korean state - Ancient Chosson, founded in the distant 2333 BC.

In his welcoming speech to the numerous guests H. E. Mr. Jeong Jinkyu noted:

Since 1990 when Korea and Bulgaria established the diplomatic ties, the two countries have been developing a sincere friendship as well as a productive partnership for the common goals.

In retrospect, the Republic of Korea went through many difficulties since its liberation in 1945. However, the difficulties such as Korean War, extreme poverty, military dictatorship and severe economic crises have been overcome with indomitable sprits and now transformed into a democracy with the world’s 12th largest economy.

Likewise, Bulgaria has also made excellent political stability and democratic advancement. In the first half of this year, as a presidency of European Union, Bulgaria has made an enormous contribution to the integration of Western Balkan region by bringing the agenda to the center of presidency’s priority.

Based on this commonality, Korea and Bulgaria have accomplished many achievements including trade, investment and industrial cooperation. The clear evidence that both countries are advancing toward the common goal is a "comprehensive future oriented partnership" concluded in 2015.

Korea has grown to the world sixth-largest trading partner with an annual trade volume of over $1 trillion USD. And Bulgaria is a leading country in the Western Balkan region not only in economic but also in political field.

I believe that the cooperation between the two countries has enormous potential, and I am confident that it will be embodied through dynamic dialogues between the leadership of two countries.

From the business cooperation perspective, a great number of Korean companies have keen interests in Bulgarian market as a platform to enter into the huge market of European Union and Balkan region. As a proof, several Korean companies which have their branches in Sofia have installed PR boths at this event hall. I think these efforts will also help the business people from both countries understand each other well.

Last but not least, on behalf of Korean government, I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to the continuous support that Bulgarian government has given to Korean government’s effort to bring North Korea back to the negotiating table.

Eventually, the will of the international community has prevailed, and North Korea changed course and came to path of dialogue and peaceful resolution.  In the last few months, it has taken a series of “for the first time” actions that were unthinkable only a year ago. Korea is very much committed to continuing to work with Bulgarian government and international community to ensure that the Security Council’s agreements are faithfully implemented, even as we continue to engage North Korea to facilitate substantial progress towards complete denuclearization.

The reception was attended by officials, ambassadors, politicians, media representatives and cultural and educational institutions, well as friends of Korea.

Everyone had the opportunity to enjoy the famous Korean cuisine offered by the Korean Embassy.

The photos were provided by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea in the Republic of Bulgaria.

On them: Welcome speeches were delivered by H. E. Mr. Jeong Jinkyu, the Minister of Economy Emil Karanikolov and the Deputy Foreign Minister Georg Georgiev.