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Seoul Inks Cultural Exchange Pact with Madrid
Spanish Amb. Colome Wishes to Bolster Bilateral Ties
By Judith Park
Staff Reporter
Director General Koo Bon-Woo, of MOFAT's Cultural Affairs Bureau (left) shakes hands with Spanish Ambassador to Seoul Delfin Colome after they signed a cultural cooperation plan.

Cultural exchanges between Spain and South Korean will even be expedited in the future as the two countries sign an agreement on cultural cooperation on Dec. 19, 2005.

In a signing ceremony held in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MOFAT) building in central Seoul at the 10 a.m. on the day, Spanish Ambassador to Seoul Delfin Colome and Mr. Koo Bon-Woo, director general of the ministry's Cultural Affairs Bureau inked "2005-2008 S. Korea-Spain Cultural Exchange Plan."

The cultural exchange agreement was signed by the two high-level diplomats representing each country during the official channel "the 4th Korean-Spanish Joint Commission of Cultural Cooperation."

Director General Koo Bon-Woo, of MOFAT's Cultural Affairs Bureau in the signing ceremony in MOFAT building Dec. 19, 2005

With the signing of the cultural cooperation agreement, bilateral cultural exchanges and cooperations will be further boosted particularly in the fields of education, culture, sports, and youths.

"The Cultural-Educational Program agreed by Korea and Spain is a substantial step forward in our bilateral relations," Amb. Colome in a written interview with The Seoul Times.

He said that two main features deserve to be underlined: the openning in Seoul of a Spanish Cultural Center (Instituto Cervantes) and the participation of Korean artists at the world famous Art Fair — ARCO, in Madrid, in 2007, whose Korea will be the host country.

"Without any doubt, both events will dynamize the cultural relations between our two countries," added the Spanish envoy to Seoul.

Spanish Ambassador to Seoul Delfin Colome

The Spanish Cultural Center (Instituto Cervantes) to be opened in Seoul in 2007 directed at bringing more of its culture to Korean people.

Korean cultures will be promoted among Spanish people as a special program of "The Year of Korean Culture" is planned at the 2007 ARCO International Contemporary Art Festival to be held in Spain.

The signing of the cultural agreement is based on analyses and performances of cultural exchange and cooperation activities conducted since "the 3rd Korean-Spanish Joint Commission of Cultural Cooperation," held in Madrid in 2001.

Miss. Judith (Joo-Eun) Park serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. She majored in Chinese at Hanshin University in Suwon. She covers diplomatic community in Seoul. Miss Park also travel and hotel areas.






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