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KOREA AMBASSADOR PARK LEAVES WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY

Monday, 5th February 2018
Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi bids farewell to outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Park Jong - Dae

The outgoing Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Park Jong - Dae today called on the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi to bid him farewell after his tour of duty in Uganda as South Korea's Head of Mission in Kampala.

During the meeting at the Vice President's Office in Kampala, Ssekandi appreciated Ambassador park's passion for Uganda's development and strengthening of ties between the two countries which he said have facilitated high level interactions between the two countries.

The Vice President cited President Museveni's first ever official visit to South Korea which was reciprocated by Korea President's visit to Uganda last year during several bilateral commitments where made between the two countries.

Ssekandi said that Ambassador Park was leaving at the time Uganda needed him most as it endeavors to learn from Korea's history how it transformed from one of Asia's poorest to the top 15 world industrialised economies in just 30 years, adding that he was optimistic his successor will continue with the same commitment and spirit of promoting more people to people relations between the two countries.

He also observed that Uganda will continue supporting regional and global efforts aimed at pacifying the Korean Peninsula and looks forwards to a day when the two Koreas will return to talks aimed at unifying the North and South into a single country.

He also expressed Uganda's appreciation to the people and Government of South Korea for the support extended to Uganda including the Kampiringisa farmers' and leadership training centre, Ntinda Vocational Centre, Soroti fruit factory currently under construction, the training of Ugandans in various fields among others and wished Ambassador Park a successful career in his next station.

Ambassador Park said he was indebted to Government and people of Uganda for the support and care he received during his 7 year time of duty in Uganda which he said was one of the longest periods in the history of diplomatic service of his country and asked that the same support be extended to his successor.

Ambassador Park who will be leaving over the weekend for Pretoria where he will be serving his last term as his country's diplomat said he has enjoyed a good time in Uganda and promised to seldom return to Uganda and more so when his term ends.

Park who grew up in Uganda as son of a diplomat and educated at Aga Khan High School in the 70s before returning to Seoul following the Embassy closure in Kampala will be replaced by Kim You-churl formerly Korea's Deputy Head of Mission in Nicosia-Cyprus.

Park who grew up in Uganda as son of a diplomat and educated at Aga Khan High School in the 70s before returning to Seoul following the Embassy closure in Kampala will be replaced by Kim You-churl formerly Korea's Deputy Head of Mission in Nicosia-Cyprus.


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