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Moon Hee-sang welcomed at the Cotroceni Presidential Palace on an official visit to Romania

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Romania will continue to pay close attention to strengthening the EU-Korea Strategic Partnership, President Klaus Iohannis told visiting Speaker of the National Assembly of Korea Moon Hee-sang, in Bucharest on Thursday.

According to a statement from the Presidential Administration, Iohannis hailed this visit, which has a symbolic significance as it takes place among the Centennial of modern Romania and the 10th anniversary this year of the strategic partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea. Also in 2018, 55 years are celebrated since the establishment of relations between Korea and the European Union.

He also underscored that the two countries share common values, with Romania being determined to act for a significant development of the bilateral strategic partnership, mentioning to the point a very good discussion he had with his South Korean counterpart when he participated in the high-level segment of this year's session of the UN General Assembly in September.

In his turn, Moon Hee-sang pointed out that Romania is currently one of Korea's most important strategic partners in Southeast Europe, showing that to the Republic of Korea, Romania is "the pearl of Central and Eastern Europe." The South Korean official congratulated Romania on its progress and assuming the presidency of the Council of the European Union in 2019, while expressing the decision of the Korean side to increase its investment in Romania and to further develop trade.

Klaus Iohannis and Moon Hee-sang also made a detailed exchange of views on recent developments in the settlement of the situation in the Korean Peninsula, with the Speaker of the National Assembly of Korea expressing their gratitude for Romania's consistent position and support for this matter in various international contexts.

The Speaker of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Republic of Korea is currently paying a visit to Romania over October 10-13, at the invitation extended by the Senate President, in the context of the 10th anniversary since the conclusion of the strategic partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea.

Romania was the first country that established relations at this level with the Republic of Korea on September 8, 2008.

The Republic of Korea was the first state in Asia with which our country established a partnership and remains, until today, the only strategic partner of Romania in Asia, mentions the Executive in the release.

The Korean delegation led by the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea also included Jeong Kab Yoon, member in the National Assembly, Sul Hoon, member of the National Assembly, as well as Kim Eun Joong, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea in Romania.

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