New Korean Ambassador welcomed to Grenada

H E Wonkun Hwang presents Letters of Credential to
Sir Carlyle Glean

The Republic of Korea will soon have a new ambassador in the region. Governor General, Sir Carlyle Glean, on Tuesday, accepted the credentials of the Ambassador-Designate Wonkun Hwang accrediting him Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to Grenada. During the brief ceremony, Sir Carlyle spoke of looking forward to the strengthening of the diplomatic relationship existing between St. George’s and Seoul that was established in 1974 during the rule of former Prime Minister, Eric Gairy. In making reference to the assistance that Grenada has been receiving from the Asian country, the Governor General said the island has benefited from supplies of computers and vehicles over the years. However, he noted that in recent times, the South Korean Government has shifted its bilateral focus to training and development, resulting in a stoppage of the grant aid of computers and vehicles. The Head of State said Korea now offers short-term training programmes and scholarships in a number of fields. Grenada is currently participating in the 2012 World Expo in Yeosu, South Korea that runs until August 12 by officials from the Ministry of Trade. Sir Carlyle disclosed that Grenada received financial and other assistance from the Government of South Korea to facilitate participation in the event. In response, Ambassador Hwang said his country appreciates very much Grenada’s participation in the Yeosu International Exposition. The ambassador who would be based in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad pointed out that through the “happily existing relations” between St. George’s and Seoul, his country appreciates Grenada’s active support of Korea’s candidature for the non-permanent member’s seat on the United Nations Security Council for the 2013-14 term. The Korean Ambassador gave assurances that in the next few years of his tour of duties, he would do his best to further promote the friendship between the two countries in various areas. He noted that both countries share the basic values such as freedom and human rights, as well as democracy, and market economy. “Based on these common values, I am sincerely looking forward to working together with you in the years to come, taking our relations to a new high. To this end, I am very pleased to ask for your kind understanding and generous support for me and the Korean Embassy as you extended to my predecessors,” he said. Ambassador Hwang recalled that the Korean Government funded research project on the south and south east coast of Grenada is currently being implemented. “We hope this project will help to enhance the integrated management of the coastal areas and seas of Grenada from which the tourism and fishing industries of Grenada will benefit in the future,” the Korean Diplomat said. During his two-day visit to Grenada, Ambassador Hwang paid courtesy calls on Prime Minister Tillman Thomas, and Leader of the Opposition, Dr. Keith Mitchell. He also met with the Honorary Counsel for the Republic of Korea, Jerry Seales and was given a scenic tour of St. George’s.

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