Naveed Ahmed Khan
Islamabad—Republic of Korea Embassy hosted a reception to celebrate its National Day and the Armed Forces Day . Federal Minister for Industries, Ghulam Murtaza Jatoi, Federal Minister for Religious Affairs, Sardar Muhammad Yousaf, Minister of State for Education, Muhammad Baligh-ur Rehman, Secretary of BOI Azher Chaudry, Mayor of Islamabad, Sheikh Ansar Aziz, Additional Secretary of Foreign Affairs Zulfiqar Gardezi and CMO of UNMOGIP General Per Lodin along with other high level dignitaries attended the reception.
Korean Ambassador Mr and Mrs Suh Dong Gu welcomed the guests.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador said, “I must confess that I am very happy to come to Islamabad at this time in terms of strengthening bilateral relationship between Korea and Pakistan”.
Politically, the ambassador said that they had summit meeting between Prime Minster Nawaz Sharif and President Park Geun-hye last year and economically both are talking about free trade agreement.
Diplomatically, both countries will have first strategic dialogue quite soon.
Culturally, he said both countries had the first K-pop festival in Pakistan last July.
In this regard, he said, “I want to assure you that I will use this precious momentum to upgrade our bilateral ties to a new height during my term of office here in Pakistan.”
In the reception, guests were served with some samplers of Korean food and drinks like Kimchi, Bulgogi, Soju and Makgully.
A famous Korean music group was invited from Korea which played Korean traditional instruments at the reception. It’s performance was appreciated by the guest.