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Libya Marks Al-Fateh Revolution Day in Seoul
Libyan Ambassador to Seoul Abdussalam Salih Arafa (third from right) poses with other dignitaries at Al Fateh Revolution Day party held on Sept. 5, 2006 at Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

Libyan Ambassador to Seoul Abdussalam Salih Arafa held a reception at Hotel Shilla in Seoul on Sept. 5, 2006 on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of The Great El Fateh Revolution of the Great Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya.

The reception held at 6:30 p.m. at Shilla's Emerald Room (Youngbinkwan) drew a number of high-profile guests including scores of foreign heads of diplomatic missions operating in Seoul. Among the local prominent figures was Minister Choo Byung-Jik of Construction & Transportation Ministry.

Such local businessmen as Chairman David Kim of Monalisa, a sanitary paper manufacturer, and Mr. Lee Sang-Jin, Seoul area manager of Emirates Airline, also attended the diplomatic gathering.

Al-Fateh Revolution Day celebrates Sept. 1, 1969 when Moarmmar Al-Gadhafi and a group of army officers overthrew Kim Idris' government. The Libyan Revolution changed Libya's official name from The Kingdom of Libya to The Libyan Arab Republic. The Libyan Revolution, which is called Al-Fateh Revolution, was supported by most Libyan people.

For details or inquiries about the event please contact the Libyan Embassy in Seoul at 797-6001.

Libyan Ambassador to Seoul Abdussalam Salih Arafa (third from left) poses with Minister Choo Byung-Jik (second from right) of Construction & Transportation Ministry, and foreign ambassadors at Al Fateh Revolution Day party held on Sept. 5, 2006 at Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

Relations between Libya and South Korea

Libya established diplomatic relations with South Korea on Dec. 29, 1980. It formed official ties with North Korea on Jan. 23, 1974.

Libya exported to South Korea 10,250,000 US dollars' worth of mainly agricultural and fishery products whereas it imported from Seoul 447,120,000 US dollars' worth of electronic, steel, and metal products in 2004.

Such South Korean major corporations as Hyunda, DongA, Daewoo, and KOTRA are currently operating in Libya. Many Taekwondo grand masters are teaching Libyan people the Korean martial art.

Chairman David Kim (right) of Monalisa poses with Kuwait Ambassador Zaid Al-Sherida (second from right), South African Ambassador Stefanus J. Schoeman (second from left) and Mrs. Schoeman at Libyan Revolution Day reception held on Sept. 5, 2006 at Shilla Hotel in Seoul.

Overview of Libya

A former Roman colony, Libya is a mostly desert country which saw invasions by Vandals, Byzantines, Arabs, Turks and more recently Italians before gaining independence in 1951.

Oil was discovered in 1959. With it, the country was transformed into a wealthy monarchy. Ten years later, though, the king was overthrown in Al-Fateh Revolution led by the 27-year-old Muammar Gaddafi, and Libya embarked on a radically new chapter in its history.

Colonel Gaddafi's revolution has been based largely on distinguishing his country from the world around it. Ideas put forward in his Green Book aim at an alternative to both communism and capitalism, while Islam is adhered to but with a unique slant — Libya has its own calendar based on Muhammad's death, for example.

Colonel Gaddafi called the new system a jamahiriya, loosely translated as a "state of the masses." Power is held by various people's committees.

Libyan Leader Col. Muammar Gaddafi

Facts about Libya

Head of state: Colonel Muammar Gaddafi
Prime minister: Baghdadi Mahmudi
Finance minister: Ahmed Munsi
Foreign minister: Abd-al-Rahman

Population: 5.8 million (UN, 2005)
Capital: Tripoli
Area: 1.77 million sq km (685,524 sq miles)
Major language: Arabic
Major religion: Islam
Life expectancy: 71 years (men), 76 years (women)
Monetary unit: 1 Libyan dinar (LD) = 1,000 dirhams
Main exports: Petroleum and its products, natural gas
GNI per capita: US $5,530 (World Bank, 2006)






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