On the occasion of Russian Diplomatic Service Day Ambassador Andrey Kulik of the Russian Federation and Mrs. Marina Suanova hosted a reception at the Grand Hall of the Embassy of the Russian Federation in Seoul on Feb. 8, 2019.
The party was attended by many Korean and international guests, as well as the ambassadors and other senior members of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps with their spouses.
Among the guests in attendance were Deputy Minister Yoon Soon-gu of Foreign Affairs for Political Affairs of Korea and Ambassadors Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Luis Henrique Sobreira Lopes of Brazil, Peteris Vaivars of Latvia, Vitaliy Fen of Uzbekistan, Myrat Mammetalyyev of Turkmenistan, Bader Mohammad Al-Awadi of Kuwait, Andrei Popkov of Belarus.
From the Korean society came many distinguished guests from all walks of life, including the media, whence came Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post media with his reportorial team from the five media outlets of his company, including Featuere Editor Sion Khan (art and culture). The guests also included Chairperson Choi Myung-sik of Korean Art and Life Association.
According to Russian diplomatic sources, the Diplomats’ Day marks their professional day, which was established by a Presidential Decree in 2002 to commemorate the founding of the Russian Diplomatic Service in 1549.
The date itself is closely associated with the history of Russia’s first foreign affairs agency--the Ambassadorial Department (or “Posolsky Prikaz” in Russian). On 10 February 1549 the Ambassadorial Department, established by Czar Ivan IV, was first mentioned in official chronicles.
(This article will be further updated and expanded upon receipt of information from the host.)