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Amb. Al Harthy of Oman hosts a meeting with former UN Chief Ban, Arab Council membersAt the Embassy of Oman in Seoul

Ambassador Mohamed Al Harthy of Oman, concurrently dean of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps, hosted a meeting with the Council of Arab Ambassadors in Korea as well as former Secretary General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations and Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyun.
It was attended also by the director general of the Middle Eastern and North African Affairs Bureau of the Korean Foreign Ministry, the secretary general of KAS and the CEO of S-Oil Company.

Ambassador Mohamed Al Harthy of Oman (third from right, front row) poses with former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon of the United Nations (fourth from right, same row) and Vice Minister Cho Hyun of Foreign Affairs (fifth from right, same row) with the ambassadors of the Council of Arab Ambassadors at the Embassy of Oman in Seoul.

At the beginning of the meeting, Amb. Al Harthy, president of the Korea-Arab Society as well as dean of the SDC, welcomed the attendees and congratulated Dr. Ban on his appointment as the chairman of the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI), which is concerned with sustainable economic development and environment and climate issues. He said, “We are confident that under the leadership of Dr. Ban Ki-moon and his broad experience GGGi will lead to more success and achievements.”
Amb. Al Harthy, speaking on behalf of the Arab ambassadors, also thanked Vice Foreign Minister Cho and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for their continuing support and cooperation, and congratulated the MOFA of Korea on the successful hosting of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics Games, which paved the way for the upcoming Inter-Korean summit (which was held at Panmunjom on April 27).

From right; Ambassador Al Harthy of Oman, former Secretary-General Ban, Vice Foreign Minister Cho and Ambassador Mohamed Abdulla Al-Dehaimi of Qatar.

He said, “We hope success for the summit and hope it will pave the way for everlasting peace in the Korean Peninsula and the whole world.”
Amb. Al Harthy also spoke about the Korean-Arab Society and its role in promoting cultural cooperation between the Arab countries and Korea.
Former UN Chief Ban stated that the Arab countries can benefit from the Global Green Growth Institute in many projects related to the environment, agriculture, climate and those concerned with sustainable economic development and that he will make every effort to provide any assistance. He also praised the strong relations between the Arab countries and Korea, and the architectural structure of the building of the Embassy of Oman in Seoul and the balanced positions of the country and its wise policy.

Ambassador Al Harthy of Oman (right) shows former Secretary-General Ban and other guests to exhibits at the Embassy of Oman.

Meanwhile, Vice Minister Cho said: “We are looking forward to more cooperation between the Arab countries and the Republic of Korea. There are many opportunities between the two sides, and the Korea-Arab Society can also play a major role in this.” Then he pointed out the deep history and culture of Oman and its leading role in maritime navigation throughout the ages. Cho then praised the architecture and strategic location of the Omani Embassy building, which, he said, can play a major role in promoting and expanding relations between Korea and Oman.
Former UN Chief Ban, Vice Minister Cho and the ambassadors toured the Embassy building, and praised the cultural heritage exhibits at the Embassy, the unique architecture of the embassy’s building and its strategic location in the center of a historic district in the heart of Seoul.

Kim Sua  edt@koreapost.com

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