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Kyrgyzstan hosts 22nd Independence Day party

Kyrgyzstan hosts
22nd Independence Day party

Ambassador and Mrs. Duishonkul Chotonov of the Kyrgyz Republic hosted a reception at Grand Hyatt Seoul on Sept. 17, 2013 to celebrate the National Day of the Kyrgyz Republic.

There were many distinguished guests from Korean society and from the Seoul Diplomatic Corps and other segments of foreign community in Korea.

From left, Ambassadors Natalia Jhylevich of Belarus, Marmazov Vasyl of Ukraine, Mohammad Yunos Farman of Afghanistan and Konstantin V. Vnukov of Russia; former Speaker Im Chae- Jeong of National Assembly; Deputy Minister Lee Kyung-soo of MOFA; and Ambassadors Duishonkul Chotonov of Kyrgyzstan, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan (CAD), Nikoloz Apkhazava of Georgia, Dulat Bakishev of Kazakhstan and Bakhtier N. Ibragimov of Uzbekistan (CDA)

Attendance from the SDC and other segments of foreign community was also very large.

Speaking to the guests, Ambassador Chotonov said in part: “We believe that now the hardest stage of Kyrgyzstan formation has been already passed and today we are independent, united and confidently moving towards our bright future.”

Ambassador Duishonkul Chotonov of Kyrgyzstan (left) with Deputy Minister Lee Kyung-soo of Foreign Affairs.

Excerpts from the speech follow:
It is my great honor to welcome all of you, old and new friends at the reception on the occasion of the 22nd anniversary of Independence of the Kyrgyz Republic.

Since declaring independence our state and sovereignty withstood certain historical ordeals. At the same time within this period our country experienced fundamental changes. Today being parliamentarian republic Kyrgyzstan has confidently chosen the way to construction of a new prosperous and developed democratic state. Nowadays we are carrying out profound reforms in all spheres of life in our country.

Trade Representative Mikhail B. Bondarenko of Russia; Ambassadors Tissa Wijeratne of Sri Lanka and Mohammad Yunos Farman of Afghanistan; Publish-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post; and Mrs. Bondarenko

We believe that now the hardest stage of Kyrgyzstan formation has been already passed and today we are independent, united and confidently moving towards our bright future. Moreover, our country is open for partnership and wishes to have friendly relations with all the countries. In 2012 the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic introduced unilaterally non-visa regime with 44 countries including Republic of Korea. Without any doubt it has given positive effect in strengthening the image of Kyrgyzstan as a country which strives for an active integration with a world community.

Regarding bilateral relations I would like to note that the Republic of Korea has been one of the first countries to recognize Independence of the Kyrgyzstan and this year we celebrate 21st anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between Kyrgyzstan and Republic of Korea. Since that time our states jointly have managed to build truly friendly relations which are characterized by mutual respect and trust.

I would like to underline that last couple of years marked by accelerated development of bilateral cooperation between our countries through number of successful activities including visit of the Delegation headed by Prime Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, working visit of the Vice Prime-Minister of the Kyrgyz Republic, official visit of our Foreign Minister, visits of other Cabinet members and mutual parliamentarian visits.

Ambassador Chotonov of Kyrgyzstan (17th from left) poses with ambassadors and Korean VIP guests.
In our activity we have always been strongly supported by our Korean friends, especially by the Honorary consul of the Kyrgyz Republic to the Republic of Korea (Northern provinces) Mr Kim Jung-Gu, who is participating enthusiastically in all Embassy’s arrangements.

Until the end of this year we have two very important events - 7th Cooperation Forum “Central Asia+Republic of Korea” which will be held in Kyrgyzstan beginning of October, where delegations from country-members will be headed by foreign ministry leaders. The other quite important event for both sides is the official visit of the President of the Kyrgyz Republic H.E. Almazbek Atambaev to the Republic of Korea scheduled for coming November. All these should stand as a binder material in developing and strengthening mutually beneficial partnership between two countries.

I am especially delighted to highlight in my speech that we have no discrepancy and unresolved problem impeding to advanced development of relations. We are holding active political dialogue, intensively developing cultural and humanitarian cooperation, discussing the ways of widening collaboration in the field of trade and economy.

Of course we need to further develop the level of our relations and we have a great potential in all spheres of cooperation. I do hope we can significantly expand and strengthen the range of our interaction in all fields of intergovernmental cooperation.

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