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Minister Chung, many ambassadors attend Omani National Day reception

Ambassador Mohamed Alharthy of the Sultanate of Oman and Mrs. Azza Alharthy hosted a luncheon reception at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on Nov. 18, 2015 to celebrate the 45th National Day of Oman.
The reception was attended many distinguished guests from the Korean society and the foreign community in Korea, especially the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC).

▲Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb and Ambassador Mohamed Alharthy of Oman (10th and 11th from left, respectively) pose with the ambassadors of many countries who attended the Omani National Day reception.

Among the Korean dignitaries in attendance at the party were Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb and many Korean business leaders, including Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post and General Manager Moon Byung-chul of Hyundai Engineering.

▲From left, foreground, Minister of Health & Welfare Chung Chin-youb, Ambassador Mohamed Alharthy of Oman and Ambassador Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh

From the SDC came many ambassadors and other senior diplomats. They includedAmbassadorsMohammad Saleem Sayeb of Afghanistan, Derragui Mohammed Elamine of Algeria, Albino Malungo of Angola, Elisabeth Bertagnoli of Austria, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Md. Zulfiqur Rahman of Bangladesh, Natallia Jhylevich of Belarus, Guadalupe Palomeque de Taboada of Bolivia, DatoPaduka Haji ModhRosli Bin Haji Sabtuof Brunei Darussalam, PetarAndonov of Bulgaria, SylvestreKouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, Tomas Husak of Czech Republic, GreciaFiodaliciaPichardo of Dominican Republic, Hany MoawadSelimLabib of Egypt, Carlos Victor Boungou of Gabon, NikolozApkhazava of Georgia, Hassan Taherian of Iran, Khalil Ismai Abdul Sahib Al-Mosawi of Iraq, Jasem Mohamed Albudaiwi of Kuwait, Otman S. SaadAhbara of Libya, Jose Luis Bernal of Mexico, Mohammed Chraibi of Morocco, Krzysztof Majka of Poland, Mohammed Bin AbdallaObaid Al-Dohaimi of Qatar, Calin Fabian of Romania, Alexander AndreevichTomonin of Russia, Fahad Almutairiof Saudi Arabia (CDA), Niroshani Manisha Gunasekeraof Sri Lanka, Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia, VasylMarmazov of UkraineandMumba Smyth Kapumpa of Zambia.

▲Mrs. Amal Lahlou (spouse of the Moroccan ambassador, concurrently chairperson of the Ambassadors’ Spouses Association in Korea) is flanked by Mrs. Natalia Timonina (spouse of the Russian ambassador) on the left and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.

In a written interview with The Korea Post in advance of the reception, Ambassador Alharthy said, “With a deep sense of pride, self-confidence and determination, the Sultanate of Oman celebrates its 45th National Day at a time the march of Omani modern renaissance, progress and prosperity continues to take giant strides in all fields under the wise leadership of His MajestySultan Qaboos Bin Said of the Sultanate of Oman.”
Then he said that Modern Oman kept scoring milestones towards reviving its prominent status in the world arena and contributing tangibly and positively to all that achieved bounty and peace to its people and peoples of all friendly countries.

▲Mrs. Azza Alharthy (spouse of the ambassador of Oman), center, is flanked by Editor Ms. Linda Yoon of the Korean-language newspaper of The Korea Post on the left and an Omani lady diplomat member of the Omani Embassy in Seoul.

“The government of Sultanate of Oman,” he said, “spares no effort for the establishment of security, stability and harmony in the region, besides supporting all other efforts aimed at realizing peace through dialogue and peaceful means in a manner that achieves the common interests of all peoples of the region and enable them to channel their energy to their own development without external interference in their affairs in any way.”
It was a rather cold day for a middle November noon even with a light rain. However, the weather obviously daunted no one whereas the Emerald Room of Hotel Shilla were literally packed with Korean and international well-wishers and friends of Oman.
At the reception room were on display many photographs to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Oman.

▲From right, foreground, facing the camera, are AmbassadorsGrecia Fiodalicia Pichardo of the Dominican Republic and Mohammad Saleem Sayeb of Afghanistan. At left is Mr. Victor Decamps (spouse of Ambassador Pichardo)

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