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President Park decorates former Ambassador Fen of UzbekistanWith Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Kwanghwa Medal (highest)

Former Ambassador Vitali V. Fen of the Republic of Uzbekistan in Seoul was decorated with an Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Kwanghwa Medal (highest among the Diplomatic Service Merit Medals) offered by the President of the Republic of Korea at the Korean Embassy in Uzbekistan on Feb. 16, 2014.

Photo shows former Ambassador Vitali V. Fen of Uzbekistan in Seoul (right) and Korean Ambassador Lee Uk-Hyun in Uzbekistan after Lee’s presentation of the Order of Diplomatic Service Merit, Kwanghwa Medal, to Fen at the Korean Embassy in Uzbekistan on behalf of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea.

The Medal was presented to Ambassador Fen by Korean Korean Ambassador Lee Uk-Hyun in Uzbekistan on behalf of President Park Geun-hye of the Republic of Korea.

Shown here are the Certificate of President Park Geun-hye of the Medal for Ambassador Fen, Presidential Gift Watch and the Medals of the Order of Diplomatic Service conferred on Fen.

The decoration of Ambassador Fen was in recognition of his outstanding service as ambassador of Uzbekistan to Korea for the past 17 years since 1996 greatly contributing to the promotion of relations between Korea and Uzbekistan upgrading them to the status of a strategic partnership.

▲Photo shows Amb. Fen (7th from left) with former DHM Alisher Okhunjonov, former 1st Secretary Ms. Natalia Lyutko and former Counsellor Alikhanov Bakhodir (9th, 11th and 13th from left, respectively). Personal note from the Editor: "I am so glad to meet all the former members of the Uzbek Embassy in Seoul, especially the most helpful Mr. Okhunjonov, but I am very sorry that I am unable to identify the gentleman at 4th from left who I am sure worked at the Uzbek Embassy in Seoul but whom I am unable to identify for the life of me."

Present at the medal presentation ceremony, among other guests, were the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, former Minister Alisher Okhunjonov of the Uzbek Embassy in Seoul, former 1st Secretary Ms. Natalia Lyutko and former Counsellor Alikhanov Bakhodir and many friends of Ambassador Fen.

▲Director Mukhamedov Farrukh Erklievich of the Institute for Monitoring of the Current Legislation of Uzbekistan (second from left foreground) and former Ambassador Vitali Fen of Uzbekistan to Korea.

At the ceremony, Ambassador Lee expressed sincere gratitude to Ambassador Fen for the outstanding contributions made to the promotion of bilateral relations and expressed hopes that Fen will continue to contribute to the cooperation and friendship between the two countries.

Ambassador Fen flanked by Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post on the left and Ms. Suh Han-sook, former Korean secretary to Ambassador Fen at the Uzbek Embassy in Seoul.

Ambassador Fen also served as the Dean of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps and made great contributions to the improvement of understanding and friendship between all the ambassadors in Seoul and the Korean government and the society as well as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Korea.

이경식 기자  edt@koreapost.com

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