On the occasion of the 193rd Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Peru, Ambassador Jaime Pomareda of Peru hosted a reception at the Grand Hyatt Seoul on July 28, 2014 to mark the opening of the Peruvian Food Festival.
The reception was attended by many Korean and international guests as well as many mission chiefs from the Diplomatic Corps.
From the Korean side came Deputy Minister Ahn Chong-Ghee of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for Economic Cooperation, Commissioner Park Yong-Ho of the Animal and Plant Quarantine Agency, President Park Jae-Ho of Hanwha Corporation, President Byun Seung-wan of Samsung Thales and Publisher-Chairman Lee Kyung-sik of The Korea Post.
From the Diplomatic Corps came many mission chiefs who included Ambassadors William Paterson of Australia, Ramzi Teymurov of Azerbaijan, Guadalupe Palomeque de Taboada of Bolivia, Hernan Brantes Glavic of Chile, Manuel Lopez Trigo of Costa Rica, Sylvestre Kouassi Bile of Cote d'Ivoire, Jana Chaloupkova of Czech Republic (CDA), Nicolas Fabian Trujillo Newlin of Ecuador, Carlos Victor Boungou of Gabon, Gustavo Adolfo Lopez Calderon of Guatemala, Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla of Holy See, Michel Idiaquez Baradat of Honduras, Ngovi Kitau of Kenya, Youssef Raggi of Lebanon (CDA), Otman S. Saad Ahbara of Libya, Bill Veri of Papua New Guinea, Dr. Alba Florio Legnani of Uruguay, Bakhtier N. Ibragimov of Uzbekistan (CDA) and Ms. Yadira Hidalgo de Ortiz of Venezuela (CDA).
Speaking to the guests, Ambassador Pomareda said: “The relationship between our countries is being more close thanks to political conversation at the highest level. In the course of a year, President Ollanta Humala and President Park Geun-hye met in October 2013 in Bali; the foreign ministers met in New York in September 2013; defense ministers did in Seoul in December 2013; and Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs held the fifth meeting of the bilateral political consultation mechanism in Seoul in June.” See the following excerpts from the speech of the Peruvian ambassador:
It is my pleasure to be honored once again by your kind attendance to celebrate, together, the 193th anniversary of national independence of Peru.
On July, 28th, 1821, Peru was born to the independence and adhered to the international society. Peru, from its early years, was established as a promoter of regional integration and defender of international law as a basis for peaceful coexistence.
One hundred ninety three years later, with new actors and new scenarios, the essence of the foreign policy of Peru remains the same as in our first years of republican life, we keep a vivid interest in regional integration through mechanisms such as the pacific alliance, the South American Union of Nations (UNASUR), the forum of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and the Transpacific Partnership Agreement (TPP), among others.
At the same time Peru keeps its firm position of fully respect to international law and its institutions as a fundamental base to ensure the international peace and security.
During our independent life, we knew and recognized countries as friends, such as Korea. Therefore, today it is also the time to celebrate the success that Peru and Korea have achieved in their bilateral relations, fifty-one years of diplomatic ties, with special emphasis on the areas of cooperation, transfer of science and technology, defense and economy.