Canada and Republic of Korea Celebrate a Half Century of Diplomatic Relations

Canada and Republic of Korea Celebrate a Half Century of Diplomatic Relations

January 11, 2013 - Ottawa - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird meets with Cho Hee-yong, the Republic of Korea’s Ambassador to Canada..

During the meeting, the two men exchanged letters of congratulations from the Governor General, the Right Honourable David Johnston, and Lee Myung-bak, President of South Korea.

Baird also presented a framed press release highlighting the establishment of bilateral relations.

“Our bilateral relationship continues to grow,” said Baird. “South Korea has become an increasingly important economic partner for Canada, and our countries continue to collaborate in multilateral forums.”

The two men highlighted the significant and stable relationship between their countries. This year marks the 50th anniversary of Canada-South Korea diplomatic relations, as well as the 60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement.

In September 2012, Baird welcomed Kim Sung-hwan, South Korea’s Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, to Canada. During the visit, the two ministers signed the Joint Declaration on Enhancing the Strategic Dialogue, which marked a commitment by their respective departments to meet yearly or as necessary to discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest. The ministers also witnessed the signing of a memorandum of understanding to strengthen the two countries’ collaboration on international development.

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