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Mongolia stages dinner-fashion show to mark diplomatic anniversary

Ambassador GanboldBaasanjay of Mongolia hosted a dinner cum fashion parade at the Crystal Ballroom of Lotte Hotel in Seoul on April 8, 2015 in celebration of the 25th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Mongolia.
The dinner-fashion show was attended by many distinguished guests from the Korean society and the international community, who included Second Vice Minister Cho Tae-yul of Foreign Affairs.
The models showed a wide variety of fashions of Mongolia which had much distinguishing features from other countries of Asia. As on the occasion of the fashion parades, the costumes worn on that evening were mostly those that would not be worn in everyday life or on normal occasions but rather on some festive days.
Speaking to the guests, Ambassador Baasanjay said, “The Republic of Korea has become the 4th largest trading and investment partner of Mongolia and I would like to acknowledge that ever increasing people-to-people interactions serve as the strong and firm pillars of this partnership.”
Excerpts from the speech follow:

▲Monglian man and woman in colorful traditional costumes of their country

While congratulating you all on the 25th Anniversary of the establishment of the diplomatic relations between Mongolia and the Republic of Korea, I would like to extend my deepest gratitude to you for joining us tonight at this Reception and the Fashion Show of Mongolian traditional costumes to celebrate this auspicious day in history of our relations.
Cultural ties between the Mongolian and Korean peoples go back to history and they are the nations who share the most in common. With pleasure, I would like to emphasize that these common features, more importantly the mutual trust between our two nations lead Mongolia to recognize the Republic of Korea among the first from the former socialist countries. The Republic of Korea is our closest “third neighbor” in the region with which we share common democratic values that uphold human rights and freedom based on the principles of open society and market economy. The Republic of Korea has become the 4th largest trading and investment partner of Mongolia and I would like to acknowledge that ever increasing people-to-people interactions serve as the strong and firm pillars of this partnership. In this connection, I also would like to appraise that the first Meeting of the Intergovernmental Committee that convened on the 26th of March 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, and we were able to cover the broad issues of cooperation and come to important agreements.

▲Guardian deities of Mongolia.

The Republic of Korea is the key partner in Northeast Asia for our regional cooperation and the peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula play an important role to our security and regional standing. In this sense we have no doubt that the cooperation on implementing the proposals on Trust-building processes and Euro Asia Initiative laid out by Presidents TsakhiagiinElbegdorj and Park Geun-Hye will be one of the main goals we have to jointly achieve in the coming years together with our partners.
The Government of Mongolia attaches a high political importance to the 25th Anniversary and is set hold a series of cultural and business activities in Korea throughout this year including high level visits as the highlight of the events. I am confident that the expected high level dialogue and visits will bring important results in deepening our Comprehensive Partnership, implementing high profile economic projects and improving the travel conditions of peoples.
Taking advantage of this opportunity I want to thank all the Korean and Mongolian businesses and institutions for their generous sponsorship and cooperation which made today’s event possible and made it such a success.

▲Mongolian man and woman present a traditional dance performance of Mongolia.

▲Ambassador GanboldBaasanjay of Mongolia (center) flanked by Deputy Secretary General Lee Young-seok of the 2015 Gyeongju World Culture Expo (right) and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post

▲Models show off unique fashions of Mongolia.

▲Models show off unique fashions of Mongolia.

▲Models line up on the catwalk at the final stage of the fashion parade.

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