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Cote d' Ivoire marks 53rd Independence Day

Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote D’Ivoire and Mrs. Sarah hosted a reception at the Lotte Hotel in Seoul on August 8, 2013 to celebrate the 53rd anniversary of Independence of Cote D’Ivoire.

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

Among the Korean guests were Minister Yoon Seong-kyu of the Environment Affairs, Honorary Consul Kim In-geuk of Cote D´Ivoire and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.

Minister Yoon Seong-kyu of Environment (left) makes a congratulatory speech and Ambassador Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote D’Ivoire (right) makes a welcome speech
Attendance from the SDC and other segments of foreign community was also very large, who included Ambassadors Dato Haji Harun Ismail of Brunei Darussalam, Hocine Sahraoui of Algeria, Edmundo Sussumu Fujita of Brazil, Grecia Fiodalicia Pichardo of Dominican Republic, Dibaba Abdetta (Dr.) of Ethiopia, Nikoloz Apkhazava of Georgia, Margaret Clarke-Kwesi of Ghana, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla of Holy See, Ngovi Kitau of Kenya, Desmond Akawor of Nigeria, Eugene S. Kayihura of Rwanda, Mamadou Ndiaye of Senegal, Dusan Bella of Slovak Republic, Tajeldeen Elhadi Eltahir of Sudan, Kittiphong Na Ranong of Thailand and Mohamed Ali Nafti of Tunisia.

Speaking to the guests, Ambassador Bile said that Cote d’Ivoire was the first country in Africa to establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Korea on July 23, 1961 and this year the two countries celebrate the 52nd anniversary of diplomatic relations.

A traditional Core d’Ivoire performing art troupe presents a performance.

Then he said that following the establishment of diplomatic relations the two countries have continuously increased their ties of close cooperation and friendship based on mutual trust.

The Republic of Korea has developed into an advanced country of the world from a developing country following 50 years of reforms. Cote d’Ivoire and other countries of Africa highly praise the exemplary example and wish to share the development experience of Korea.

Minister Yoon and Ambassador Bile (7th and 8th from right, respectively, cut celebration cake with other ambassadors.

Following the speeches and toasting, there were performances by a traditional Cote d’Ivoire music-dance troupe, which were dynamic and powerful and attracted the attention and applause from the Korean and international audience as well as from the ambassadors and other senior diplomats. k

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