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Belarus’ Independence Day Marked in Seoul
Ambassador Natallia Zhylevich Hosts Reception
Belarusian Ambassador to S. Korea Natallia Zhylevich (3rd from right) poses with her staff and guests at the reception held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 25, 2013 on the occasion of its “Independence Day.”

Belarusian Ambassador to South Korea Natallia Zhylevich hosted a reception at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 25, 2013 on the occasion of its national day “Independence Day,” which falls on July 3.

On July 3, 1944 Belarus was liberated by Red Army after years of German occupation during the World War II.

The Independence Day of Belarus was officially adopted in 1996.

Hundreds of both international and local Korean guests were invited to the dinner reception hosted by the Belarusian envoy in observance of its most meaningful public holiday.

Among the guests were scores of top foreign envoys and their spouses serving in Seoul.

Belarus established diplomatic ties with South Korea on Oct. 2, 1992. South Korea opened its embassy in Belarus in December of 2007.

Belarusian Ambassador to South Korea Natallia Zhylevich (center) poses with Russian Ambassador Konstantin Vnukovtaff (right) and President Alan Timblick of The Seoul Times at the reception held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 25, 2013 on the occasion of its “Independence Day.”

Since the diplomatic establishment the bilateral relations have been developed with the sharp increase of bilateral trade.

In April of 1997 Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko visited South Korea for talks with then-President Kim Young-Sam.

In 2012 the bilateral annual trade volume between Belarus and South Korea reached 8.2 billion US dollars, a 17 percent increase from the previous year.

In that year Belarus’ export to South Korea increased over three folds compared to the previous year.

Belarus’ main export item is potassium fertilizer and South Korea’s main export items are car and petrochemical products.

Currently such South Korean companies as Samsung and LG are operating in Belarus.

Colombian Ambassador Jaime Alberto Cabal Sanclemente (center) poses with Madam Lyudmila Fen, spouse of Uzbekistan Ambassador Vitali V. Fen, who serves as dean of the Diplomatic Corps at the reception held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 25, 2013 on the occasion of its “Independence Day.” At lefit is Dr. Kim Jin-Ri (M.D.) of Soon Chun Hyang Hospital's International Health Care Center.

Between 2,000 and 3,000 ethnic Koreans are living in Belarus with some 300 of them living in its capital Minsk.

They are descendants of the ethnic Koreans immigrated mostly from Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan.

Among about 100 South Koreans residing in Belarus are Korean students studying in Belarusian universities.

Israeli Ambassador Tuvia Israeli (left) poses with Pastor Kim Young-Suk of Manmin Church at the reception held at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 25, 2013 on the occasion of its national day “Independence Day.”

Belarusian Ambassador to South Korea Natallia Zhylevich has been active in promoting her country amongst South Koreans since she came to Seoul in September of 2011.

She started her diplomatic career by entering the Foreign Ministry of Belarus in 1992.

She served in such areas as Paris and Istanbul as the top diplomat. She was the Belarusian ambassador to Turkey.

She majored in English and French at Minsk State Linguistic University. Ambassador Zhylevich is the fluent speaker of English, French, and Turkish.

For details or inquiries call its embassy in Seoul at 2237-8173.




 

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