PHOTO: Adtimes. Speaker of the National Assembly of Republic of Korea Moon Hee-sang meets with Saeima Speaker Inara Murniece
On January 9, 2020, Speaker of Republic of Korea’s National Assembly, Moon Hee-sang, greeted and had a meeting with Speaker of the Saeima (parliament of the Republic of Latvia), Inara Murniece.
During the meeting, Speaker Murniece addressed that the two countries share similar values, in that both nations went through painful experience in the 20th century but have overcome with values such as democracy, law-based international order and human rights in mind. She spoke highly of the free trade agreement between the European Union and South Korea, in that it also facilitated bilateral trade between the nations and provided both nations with economic benefits. She also stated that she is anticipating to fast-track the certification of Latvian dairy and egg products in South Korea.
In turn, Speaker Moon mentioned noteworthy events between the Republic of Korea and Latvia, such as Korea’s diplomatic mission being elevated to the status of Embassy and establishing direct commercial charter flight service between the two nations, and claimed his hope of furthering their national and inter-parliamentary exchange.
There was also a discussion about the status quo of Korean Peninsula, and Speaker Murniece emphasized the need for North Korea to relinquish its nuclear programme and adhere to international commitments for long term peace with the region.
Speaker Murniece’s official visit will be until January 12, during which she will meet Republic of Korea’s Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and Gyeongju City Mayor Joo Nak-young. She will also be paying a visit to Hankuk University of Foreign Studies to meet with the university’s president and discuss Korean interest in Baltic studies and Latvian language with academic staff and students.
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