News Center -TDO-South Korea’s Ambassador to Turkey Choi Hong-Ghi hosted a reception at Ankara Sheraton Hotel in consequence of South Korean National and Army Day.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Faruk Kaymakcı, diplomatic mission representatives, Korean War veterans and many other guests attended to the reception.

In his opening remarks at the reception, Ambassador Choi said relations between the two countries are based on the sacrifices of soldiers fighting during the Korean War that began in 1950.

In recent years, relations have improved steadily, Choi said and noted "We call our relationship 'fraternity'."

Ambassador Choi shared the knowledge that last year 160 thousand South Korean tourists visited Turkey and said "this year the number of tourists visiting Turkey increased by 30 percent compared to last year is expected to exceed 200 thousand."

Ambassador Choi pointed out that the trade volume increased to $ 7.2 billion last year following the free trade agreement signed between the two countries in 2013 and statedSouth Korean companies to invest in major infrastructure projects in Turkey to contribute to the Turkish economy.

Choi added "We have seen many positive moves on the Korean Peninsula since last year. But there is much more to be done in the Korean Peninsula in the process of peace and stability. Turkey, this process was an important supporter and I'm sure it will continue in the future."

The Deputy Minister Kaymakcı also made a speech and stated that South Korea and Turkey have very close relations, the Korean War was reminded that many martyrs during the Turkish military.

Kaymakcı said he wished peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula and said that the relations between Turkey and South Korea is growing day by day.

Reception ended after cutting the celebration cake.

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