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  • 10 April 2019

    Vice Minister of National Defense Suh Choo-suk was the Guest of Honour representing Korean Government at the reception commemorating Republic of Poland, Hungary and Czech Republic’s accession to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) 20 years ago on March 12th 1999.

    The event took place on April 9th, 2019 in Army Club and was hosted by– Ambassador Piotr Ostaszewski from Poland, Ambassador Mozes Csoma from Hungary, Mr. Petr Svacina – Charge d’affaires a.i. of the Czech Republic, as well as Defense Attaches – Colonel Sławomir Świątek of Poland and Lieutenant Colonel Roland Kerékgyártó of Hungary.


    The reception gathered around 100 guests including representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of National Defense, members of the diplomatic community - Heads of Missions and Defense Attaches from NATO Member States embassies and partner countries. The USFK, CFC and UNC Commander General Robert Abrams and UNCMAC Senior Member General Shin Sangbum were among the notable guests.


    This year marks 30th anniversary of Poland’s and Hungary’s diplomatic ties with the Republic of Korea, while the Czech Republic will celebrate the 30 years of official relations with Seoul in 2020. Besides their membership in NATO and the European Union, all the three countries maintain dialogue with the Republic of Korea under the Visegrad Group format, that also includes the Slovak Republic. The last V4-ROK Political Directors’ consultations took place on March 26, 2019 in Seoul.       


    Republic of Korea became NATO partner across the globe in 2006. The scope and framework of cooperation is stipulated in the bilateral Individual Partnership and Cooperation Programme (IPCP). The document was first concluded in September 2012 and then revised in November 2017. Last visit of NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg took place in November 2017. Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha visited NATO Headquarters in March 2018. Currently, since the January 2019 till the end of 2020 Polish Embassy in Seoul carries out the role of NATO Contact Point for Korea.

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