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Congratulatory Remarks of the on-line conference "Bulgaria-Korea:Partners in a changing World"
Congratulatory Remarks of
Sofia, January 19, 2021
Tanya Mlhailova, Director of the Diplomatic institute, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Bulgaria,
Let me begin by expressing deep appreciation to Director Mlhailova and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Bulgaria for the excellent arrangements made for this meaningful conference today.
Last year marked the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and Bulgaria. All of you have worked so diligently to maintain active interactions by making the effort to genuinely connect with each other, and I believe your efforts have greatly contributed to deepening the relationship between the two countries in various fields.
I would also like to note that the Bulgarian Center established at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies in 2019 has played an important role in advancing bilateral relations.
I look forward to seeing more research activities and projects that could significantly bolster bilateral relations in the coming years.
Since adopting the Joint Declaration on the Comprehensive and Future-Oriented Partnership, Korea and Bulgaria have gradually expanded the scope of collaboration.
I truly believe our relations, which have lasted 30 years, will become more reciprocal and future-oriented in the years ahead.
The year 2020 was not only the 30th anniversary of Korea-Bulgaria diplomatic relations, but a year like no other in recent history; COVID-19, an unprecedented global crisis swept the world.
In this regard, today’s conference, arranged to discuss the future of cooperation between Korea and Bulgaria in promoting public diplomacy, economic recovery and education in times of pandemic, is a very timely event that carries major significance.
Distinguished Guests, friends and colleagues,
Bulgarian rose oil is extracted from the petals of beautiful roses to make perfumes with exquisite rose scent. This gift of nature is known to instill feelings of calm and relaxation. Maybe this is what we need now. We need to remain calm in today’s chaotic world and try to draw a brighter picture for future generations. I hope today’s discussions will help us generate meaningful insights on ways to navigate the challenges we face and chart a brighter future.
I will look forward to fruitful discussions today. Thank you.