President Pahor and South Korean President Mood advocate all-round enhancement of bilateral cooperation

Seul, 20. 2. 2018 | press release

At the invitation of the President of the Republic of Korea, Moon Jae-in, the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is on his first state visit to the Republic of Korea. The first state visit by the Slovenian President comes at a time when Slovenia and South Korea are observing the 25th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.

In the morning, the President first visited the ASAN institute, the most renowned Korean institute for international relations, where he met the president and members of the institute to exchange views on relations between North Korea and the Republic of Korea. The President's hosts presented their considerations regarding the security and political conditions in the world and on how to maintain peace, security and the general welfare, while still maintaining a positive relationship with partners.

At noon, the President of the Republic of Slovenia met his host, South Korean President Moon Jae-in. The presidents first discussed bilateral cooperation, mainly on the opportunities for enhancing economic and political cooperation. President Pahor presented Slovenia and the current encouraging economic perspective and investment environment, and stated that Slovenia was a very interesting partner for new Korean direct investments. He highlighted the signing of an agreement on social security, which was signed in the morning, together with Korean partners, by Minister Anja Kopač Mrak, and which will contribute to the further growth in economic cooperation between the countries. The Slovenian President emphasised that Slovenia would like to see more investors from South Korea and he stressed that we are glad to also notice a growth in the number of their tourists. In the first ten months of 2017, the value of trade in goods amounted to EUR 351 million, 25% higher compared to the same period last year.

President Pahor invited South Korean President Moon to pay a state visit to Slovenia, and an economic delegation could visit at the same time, which was welcomed by the South Korean President, who expressed the desire to take advantage of existing potential and to additionally enhance economic cooperation. The presidents agreed that interpersonal relationships and cultural, scientific, and other forms of cooperation are also important.

The Slovenian President thanked the South Korean President for the support showed by Korea for the ITF – Enhancing Human Security. This institution was founded twenty years ago by the Government of the Republic of Slovenia with the purpose of providing assistance, enhancing security, and renovating and developing countries affected by armed conflict; it is led by Tomaž Lovrenčič, who was a member of the President’s delegation. President Moon congratulated President Pahor on Slovenia’s efforts and successes in this field, and thanked him for the transfer of knowledge and cooperation within this institution. He stated that the ITF was a trustworthy partner of the Republic of Korea in projects in the Western Balkans, the Middle East, and Central Asia, and that the Republic of Korea would be glad to continue working on its projects.

President Pahor and President Moon also exchanged views on essential international political topics. The South Korean President presented his assessment of relations between South and North Korea, and his view of the current political course of events at the time of the Olympic Games hosted by South Korea. Furthermore, President Moon emphasised that South Korea required the support of the international community with regard to its efforts to peacefully resolve the situation with North Korea. President Pahor stated that he supported the dialogue and politics of President Moon, who is committed to dialogue and the peaceful resolution of disputes and is an advocate of reconciliation.

The President of the Republic of Slovenia concluded his state visit by visiting the Demilitarized Zone on the border between South and North Korea.

Predsednik Pahor se je v okviru uradnega obiska v Republiki Koreji srečal s predsednikom Moonom
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