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Turkey hosts Victory Day reception

Ambassador and Mrs. Mustafa Naci Saribas of the Republic of Turkey in Seoul hosted a reception at the Lotte Hotel on Aug. 29, 2013 to celebrate the Victory Day of Turkey.

It was attended by many senior military officers from Korea, Turkey and various countries of the world as well as ambassadors and other senior members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps (SDC).

Ambassador Saribas of Turkey speaks to the guests.

Among the members of the SDC attending the reception were Ambassadors Albino Malungo of Angola, Natallia Zhylevich of Belarus, Dato Haji Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam, Petar Andonov of Bulgaria, Ky Sim Chan of Cambodia, Nicolas Fabian Trujillo Newlin of Ecuador, Khalil Ismai Abdul Sahib Al-Mosawi of Iraq, Jad El Hassan Amb of Lebanon, Dato Ramlan bin Ibrahim of Malaysia, Kaman Singh Lama of Nepal and Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia.

photo shows, from left, Ambassadors Ibrahim of Malaysia, Al-Mosawi of Iraq, Bile of Cote?voire, Kitau of Kenya, Abdussalam (CDA), Jhylevich of Belarus, Andonov of Bulgaria, Tujillo of Ecuador, Ismail of Brunei Darussalam, Saribas of Turkey, El Hassan of Lebanon, Ali Nafti of Tunisia, Malungo of Angola, Alharthy of Oman, Lama of Nepal and Eltahir of Sudan.

It was also a farewell party for the Ambassador and Mrs. Saribas as they were leaving Korea after his successful fulfillment of tour of duty in Korea.

Ambassador and Mrs. Saribas have been very active in the promotion of relations and cooperation between the two countries, Ambassador Sarivas on the official side and Mrs. Sarivas on the non-official side.

Mrs. Saribas recently hosted a Live Flower Arrangement Exhibition in Seoul with noted Korean live florist Mrs. Im Wha-kong attended by the wives of the ambassadors of the United States, United Kingdom, Japan, Ireland, Finland, Singapore, Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Kuwait, Canada and Iraq.

School alumni of Mrs. Im are mostly the wives of the important persons in Korea such as the prime ministers, and had long been the exclusive live flower arrangement artist for the Presidential Mansion of Cheongwa Dae for the successive Presidents of the Republic of Korea, including the late President Park Chung-hee, the father of incumbent President Madam Park Geun-hye.

Photo shows Ambassador and Mrs. Saribas of Turkey (right and left).

Speaking to the guests, Ambassador Sarivas of Turkey said: “Today, we mark of our victory day, one of the landmarks of our history leading to the establishment of modern Turkey. The August 30 victory was a great saga written by the Turkish people with the prudent leadership of Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Republic of Turkey, with a spirit of unity and solidarity resulting in independence and democracy.” Excerpts follow:
I would like to give you a warm welcome. As a tribute to this invaluable spirit, Turkey, without hesitation, reached out a hand to friendly countries which share the same values. Sending troops to the Korean War to support the fight for independence of a brotherly nation was a testament to this.

I am proud to witness and contribute to the growing relationship in all avenues between Turkey and Korea each day.

Our term of assignment has come to an end. We will be leaving Seoul in coming weeks or months. It has been great honor and privilege to serve as Turkish Ambassador in Korea. My wife Gulden and I would like to take this opportunity to express our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your support and friendship. If we have achieved anything, we owe it to you. We will always treasure the unforgettable memories of you and Korea.

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