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British Foreign Secretary William Hague in Seoul
Meets with President Park, His S. Korean Counterpart
British Foreign Secretary William Hague (left) shakes hands with S. Korean President Park Geun-Hye at presidential house of Cheongwadae in Seoul on Oct. 17, 2013.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague visited Seoul as part of his visit to Northeast Asian countries including Japan and Mongolia, the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) announced.

Hague met with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye at the presidential Blue House of Cheongwadae in Seoul on Oct. 17, 2013. They shared the importance of international collaboration against possible terror activities on the internet during their talks.

The British foreign secretary also met his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-Se and with other local political and business leaders.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

The two foreign ministers discussed the North Korean nuclear issue and the agenda of the upcoming summit talks between South Korean president and British prime minister slated for November.

Earlier on the day Hague also met with British businesspeople operating in South Korea. He delivered his speech entitled “Prosperity in Asia Pacific” at the luncheon gathering held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul.

The British foreign secretary attended “2013 Cyberspace Conference” being held at COEX in Seoul’s Samseong-dong on Oct. 17-18, 2013.

His visit to South Korea is part of his Northeast Asian trip that includes Japan, and Mongolia, as well. His trip to the Asia countries is directed to raising awareness of potential trade opportunities overseas.

“All these countries exemplify in different ways the British opportunities overseas,” he told the Telegraph before he embarked on his trip.

The Telegraph reported that South Korea made the biggest single contribution to UK export growth last year taking £6.3bn of British imports, up 57 percent from 2011.

British Foreign Secretary William Hague (center) poses with President Alan Timblick (right) of The Seoul Times at BCCK luncheon gathering held at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on Oct. 17, 2013.at left is BCCK Chairman Michael Reed.

William Hague was appointed Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth on May 12, 2010. He was elected to Parliament in 1989 and is the Conservative MP for Richmond.

He studied at Wath-on-Dearne Comprehensive School and Magdalen College, Oxford where he majored in philosophy, politics, and economics. He was president of the Oxford Union. He continued his studies at INSEAD Business School in France.

Before entering Parliament, William worked for Shell UK and then for management consultants McKinsey and Co.

He has authored two books. His first book, a biography of William Pitt the Younger, was published in September 2004 and won “History Book of the Year” at the National Book Awards. His following book, a biography of William Wilberforce, was published in June 2007.

For details or inquiries contact the British Chamber of Commerce in Korea (BCCK) at administrator@bcck.or.kr




 

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