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Greece Celebrates Its National Day in Seoul
New Amb. Petros Avierinos Hosts Reception at Hotel
Greek Ambassador to Seoul Petros Avierinos (second from left) poses for The Seoul Times with Honduran Ambassador Rene Francisco Umana (left), Mrs. Umana (second from right), and Egyptian Minister Plenipotentiary Ihab Tahoon (left) during reception he hosted on the occasion of Greek Independence Day at Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on March 25, 2009.

New Greek Ambassador to Seoul Petros Avierinos hosted a dinner reception at the Millennium Hilton Hotel in downtown on March 25, 2009 on the occasion of its National Day – Greek Independence Day, which falls on March 25.

A number of top foreign envoys serving in Seoul took part in the dinner reception, which started at 6:30 p.m and lasted until 8:30 p.m. on the day. Many local guests including top businesspeople also attended the diplomatic gathering.

Scores of military attaches from embassies of foreign countries were also invited to the buffet dinner.

Greece and South Korea have been maintaining stable and amicable ties since the two counties officially established diplomatic relations on April 5, 1961.

But it was much earlier in August in 1949 when Greece diplomatically recognized the newly born South Korea.

Greek Ambassador to Seoul Petros Avierinos (4th from left) poses for The Seoul Times with Honduran Ambassador Rene Francisco Umana (3rd from right), Mrs. Umana (4th from right), Egyptian Minister Plenipotentiary Ihab Tahoon (3rd from right), Austriam Ambassador Wilhelm Donko (2nd from right), EU Ambassador Brian McDonald (2nd from left), Turkey Ambassador Deniz Ozmen (left), and Mr. Alisher Okhunjonov (far right), deputy head of mission of Uzbekistan Embassy during reception he hosted on the occasion of Greek Independence Day at Millennium Hilton Hotel in Seoul on March 25, 2009.

During the Korean War (1950-53) Greece sent a combined number of 10,000 soldiers to the Korean Peninsula to aid South Korea when Communist North Korean invaded the South.

A total of 186 Greek soldiers were killed and more than 600 were wounded during the Korean conflict. Greece also supplied South Korean with seven transport airplanes during the war.

It was on July 6, 1973 that South Korean opened its embassy in Greece. It was only October of 1991 when Greece came to have its permanent diplomatic mission in Seoul.

During 1970 and 1980s Greece remained somewhat neutral between North and South Koran affairs, stopping short of criticizing Pyongyang government over North Korea's such terrorist acts as Rangoon incident and KAL 007 incident. During the period Greece was under socialist government.

But in 1990s Greece became quite supportive of South Korea on international scenes.

In 2004 mutual exchanges began to increase sharply in areas of politics, business, and culture between Seoul and Athens. In this year Greece designated South Korean as a major trading partner.

Since then there has been active exchanges in high-level government officials of both countries, including UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's visit to Greece.

Greek Independence Day

The Greek War of Independence (also known as the Greek Revolution) was a successful war of independence waged by the Greek revolutionaries between 1821 and 1829, with later assistance from several European powers, against the Ottoman Empire, who were assisted by their vassals, the Egyptian Khedivate.

After a long and bloody struggle, the Greeks thus became the first people of the Ottoman Empire's subjects to secure recognition as an independent nation by the Treaty of Constantinople in July 1832. The anniversary of Greece's independence (March 25, 1821) is a national holiday in Greece and was deliberately chosen to coincide with the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary.

For details or inquiries please contact the Greek Embassy in Seoul at 729-1400.




 

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