Publisher Kyung-sik Lee of The Korea Post media
Mrs. Flavia Athena Kloos, the spouse of H.E. Ambassador Mihai Ciompec of Romania in Seoul, has recently been selected as the new Chairperson of the Association of the Spouses of the Ambassadors in Seoul (ASA).
Madam Kloos, in the opinion of many people, Koreans and non-Koreans, gives a very good impression for her good behavior and friendly attitude toward Koreans and also peoples of many different countries of the world diplomatically represented in Korea.
In fact, most Koreans like Romania and the people in Romania--for many reasons. They include the minister of foreign affairs of Korea.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea, Romania, which is located at the crossroads of Central, Eastern, and Southeastern Europe, has a strategic position (from a geo-economic perspective), linking Central Europe with Caucasus and Turkey.
Also, Romania is the largest country in the Balkan area, with a territory of 238,397㎢, which is 1.1 times larger than the Korean Peninsula, that is, South and North Korea put together.
Moreover, Romania’s location is important in terms of transportation and logistics between Central and Eastern Europe, via the Black Sea and Danube water corridor.
Since the establishment of their diplomatic relations in March 1990, Korea and Romania have focused on strengthening cooperation in the fields of politics, diplomacy, economy, trade, culture, education, science, technology and so on and so forth.
In this regard, Korea and Romania concluded a Strategic Partnership in September 2008, while in July 2010, they established a Joint Action Plan for implementing this Partnership.
The trade volume between the two states increased from US$18.6 million in 1990 (the establishment of their diplomatic relations) to US$1.1 billion in 2018. The economic cooperation between Korea and Romania is expected to grow in various fields, such as energy, ICT, health, medicine, agriculture, and many more.