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Amb. Helmy Holds Reception for IAEA Chief
100 Top Envoys Hobnob with Dr. Mohamed ElBarandei
Amb. Amr M. K. Helmy of Egypt (right) talks with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBarandei (center) and US Amb. Christopher R. Hill at the party threw for the visiting IAEA chief at his residence in Hannam-dong on Oct. 5, 2004. Photo by Kim Sun-Young

Amb. Amr M. K. Helmy of Egypt held a reception on Oct. 5, 2004 in honor of visiting H. E. Mohamed ElBarandei, director general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and his entourage at his ambassadorial residence in Hannam-dong, Seoul's Yongsan-gu.

His high-profile entourage included Dr. Nihal F. Fahmy of International Organizations & NGOs at Cairo University in Egypt, and retired Maj. Gen. Mohamed Kadry Said, military advisor at the Center for Political and Strategic Studies, both of whom brushed shoulders with South Korean leaders and foreign envoys at the party.

The reception, which started at 6:30 p.m., lasted late into the evening. Some 100 top diplomats, businesspeople, South Korean government officials, and local media participated in the cocktail party thrown by Egyptian top envoy for the IAEA chief.

Dr. Kwaak YoungHoon (right), president of World Citizens' Organization, poses for a camera during his talks with US Amb. Christopher R. Hill at the reception Egyptian ambassador threw for the visiting IAEA chief at his residence in Hannam-dong on Oct. 5, 2004. Photo by Kim Sun-Young

Dir. Gen. ElBarandei received a hot reaction from nearly all party participants and local media including The Seoul Times, Airang TV, Yonhap News Agency. ElBarandei held private talks with a number of dignitaries, staying until the last moment of the party on the day.

Other participants included President Kwaak Young-Hoon of World Citizens' Organization, Amb. Christopher R. Hill of US Embassy, Amb. Saleh M. Al-Rajhy of Saudi Arabia, Amb. Arild Braastad of Norway, Amb. Pavel Hrmo of Slovak Republic, Amb. Tadeusz Chomicki of Poland, Amb. Ngwey Ndambo of Congo Republic, Amb. Abba Tijjani of Nigeria, and Rep. Anne-Isabelle Degryse-Blateau of United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

Dir. Gen. ElBarandei and his entourage came to Seoul on Oct. 3, 2004 to attend the 54th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs and to talk with top South Korean officials about its nuclear experiments South Korean scientists secretly conducted in 1982 and 2000.

Egyptian Amb. M. K. Helmy poses with his wife before the reception they held for the visiting IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBarandei and his entourage at their residence in Hannam-dong on Oct. 5, 2004. Photo by Kim Sun-Young

The Pugwash Conferences on Science and World Affairs is a scientifically-oriented peace group whose prominent members include such well-known Nobel Prize laureate as Joseph Rotblat (1995 Nobel Peace Prize), Hannes Alfven (1970 Nobel Prize in Physics), Bertrand Russell (1950 Nobel Prize in Literature), and Albert Einstein (1921 Nobel Prize in Physics).

He delivered a speech about the nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction at the annual international disarmament and peace conference held at Sheraton Walker Hill Hotel in Gwangjang-dong, Gwangjin-gu, eastern Seoul from Oct. 5 to 8, 2004.

The IAEA chief met with South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon at Shilla Hotel in Seoul on Oct. 3, 2004, and South Korean Prime Minister Lee, Hae-Chan in Lee's Seoul office on Oct. 4, 2004, respectively. He also held talks with other top security officials of South Korea.

IAEA Dir. Gen. Mohamed ElBarandei
Dr. Mohamed ElBarandei, director general of International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and his entrouge came to Seoul on Oct. 3, 2004 for a four-day official visit. The IAEA chief attended the 54th Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs held in a Seoul hotel.
Photo by Kim Sun-Young

Dr. ElBarandei has been nominated for the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize which will be announced on Oct. 8. ElBarandei and his entourage will wind up his four-day visit to Seoul and head for Japan on Oct. 8, 2004.



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