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"2005 Korean-American Friendship Night"
KAA Chairman Koo Invites 700 High-Profile Guests
KAA Chairman Koo Pyong-Hwoi (3rd from right), poses with US Amb. Alexander Vershbow (2nd from left), Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon (2nd from right), and with their wives. Third from left is the former US Ambassador to Seoul James R. Lilley.

Koo Pyong-Hwoi (), chairman of the Korean -American Association (KAA) hosted "The 2005 Korean-American Friendship Night" at Grand Hyatt Hotel in Seoul on Nov. 3, 2005.

A total of 700 high-profile guests from nearly every sector of Korea and America were invited to the annual dinner party to be held at the hotel's Grand Ballroom at 6:30 p.m. on the day.

Among the guests were South Korean Foreign Minister Ban Ki-Moon, the new US Ambassador Alexander Vershbow, lawmaker Park Jin of the Grand National Party (GNP), and two former prime ministers — Nam Duck-Woo and Lee Hong-Koo.

The top brass hats from both countries included Lt. Gen. Charles Campbell, commander of the Eighth US Army (EUSA) and USFK chief of staff, and Gen. Lee Hee-Won, deputy commander of the ROK-US Combined Forces Command (CFC).

Koo Pyong-Hwoi (), chairman of the Korean-American Association (KAA)

During the event the 79-year-old KAA chairman presented "2005 Korean-American Friendship Award" to the former US Ambassador to Seoul James R. Lilley for his contribution to the development of US-Korean relations. Lilley served as US ambassador to Seoul from 1986 to 1988.

The senior businessman, who earned a nickname "diplomat of business circle" for his role in global relations, is serving as honorary chairman of "E1," a supplier of LPG, which was separated from LG Business Group.

The Korean -American Association (KAA) was established in 1963 with the view of promoting cooperation and friendship between Korea and America.






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