In commemoration of the National Day and Armed Forces Day of his country, the South Korean Ambassador to Kuwait H.E. Hong Youngki hosted a reception at Jumeirah Hotel on 2 October.
The reception also celebrated the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Korea and Kuwait.
Members of the diplomatic corps, Kuwait officials, special invitees, members of the South Korean community in Kuwait and media personnel attended the event. Special guest on the occasion was the Minister of Oil and Minister of Electricity and Water Dr. Khaled AlFadhel.
In his address to the audience, South Korean Ambassador Youngki welcomed all present on the occasion and extended his best wishes for the continued peace, progress and prosperity for the state of Kuwait.
Lauding the long-standing, friendly and ever-expanding bilateral relations between the Republic of South Korea and Kuwait, he pointed out that this year was exceptionally meaningful as it was the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between both countries.
He stated, “The great achievements of our bilateral relations and cooperation in the political, economic, social and cultural fields during the last 40 years manifest in our wonderful partnership to work for the greater good of our people.”
He mentioned that South Korea is the largest market of crude oil for Kuwait, while Kuwait is the third largest construction market for Korea.
In this regard, the ambassador noted that Korean corporations have been contributing to achieving the ‘New Kuwait Vision 2035’ of His Highness the Amir through their diligent participation in infrastructure projects like ‘Mubarak Al-Kabeer Port’, ‘the New Refinery Project’, and ‘Sheikh Jaber Causeway Project’, which was recently inaugurated with the honorable attendance of His Highness the Amir along with the Korean Prime Minister, Lee Nak-yeon.
Speaking to media attending the event, Minister Dr. AlFadhel lauded the distinguished level of the relations between Kuwait and South Korea, and emphasized that the occasion coincided with the 40th anniversary of the special ties between both countries.
Pointing to the contribution of South Korean companies in developmental projects in Kuwait, the minister said, “The South Korean companies play an active role in the development of mega projects in Kuwait, such as Saad Al-Abdullah City as well as electricity and water projects.”
An exhibition showcasing medical tourism in South Korea and some of the products of the country was held on the occasion.