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October 1, 2020

Bogdan Aurescu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Romania:I strongly believe in the further development of the strategic partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea

First and foremost, I would like to use this opportunity to address my sincerest congratulations to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea on the occasion of the National Day.
In contemporary Republic of Korea, the 3rd of October commemorates the founding of the Korean nation, which, according to the creation myth, was done by the legendary god-king Tan’gun in 2333 B.C.
After the dramatic division of Korea, ideological factors determined a rift in relations between Romania and the Republic of Korea, one that would heal after the collapse of the socialist regime in Romania, which led to the two nations establishing diplomatic relations 25 years ago.
Today, the Republic of Korea is one of the four Asian nations with which Romania has established partnerships and the only one in this geographic area at strategic level (Agreement signed in 2008, followed by the Joint Action Plan in 2010).
The year 2015 is a very special one for Romanian-South Korean bilateral relations and we are marking this anniversary by organising cultural events, seminars, and exchanges at various levels and fields, thus proving the interest both countries have to intensify political dialogue, expand economic, cultural, and educational cooperation. I am also happy to note that we’ve had fruitful consultations, at deputy minister level as well as general director, both in Seoul and Bucharest this year.
Our bilateral trade has registered an upward trend, exceeding in recent years the annual level of 1 billion USD, and yet we believe that there is still room for expanding our bilateral commercial relations and exploring new opportunities. We need to make better use of the framework of bilaterally agreed documents, as well as of the EU-RoK Free Trade Agreement, in order to increase cooperation between our two countries in the industry, energy, IT&C, research and development and other still unexploited fields.
Moreover, we encourage South Korean companies to actively participate in major economic projects in Romania, such as infrastructure, IT&C, energy and tourism, in order to implement the proposals discussed and agreed upon at the sessions of the Joint Committee for Industrial Cooperation between our two countries. We would like to see a more solid presence of Korean investors in Romania, one which would bring South Korea back at the top of foreign investors in our country, as they were a few years ago.
The signing of the new Program on cultural and education exchanges, hopefully as soon as possible, should bring more significance to the bilateral relations dimension, as an important contribution to a better mutual understanding and knowledge.
I strongly believe in the further development of the strategic partnership between Romania and the Republic of Korea, through joint efforts aimed at expanding cooperation in areas of common interest.
On behalf of myself and the Romanian people, I would like to once again extend a message of friendship, peace, and prosperity to the Government and people of the Republic of Korea.

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