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Czech Amb. Smetanka Soon to Leave Seoul
Envoy Shows Affection of S. Korea in Farewell Speech
By Ted Gim
Staff Reporter
Czech Ambassador to Seoul Tomas Smetanka (5th from right) and his wife Mrs. Irena Smetankova (to his right) pose with guests during their farewell dinner reception at their residence in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on June 13, 2008.

Czech Ambassador to Seoul Tomas Smetanka and his wife Mrs. Irena Smetankova hosted their farewell dinner reception at their residence in Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul on June 13, 2008.

Amb. Smetanka, who came to Seoul on Sept. 1, 2004 for his ambassadorial position, will soon go back to the Czech Republic around the end of June. Amb. Smetanka's new assignment will be Brussels in Belgium.

Scores of top foreign envoys and members of Korea-Czech Friendship Association, local scholars and businesspeople were invited to the dinner reception, which kicked off at 6 p.m.

Amb. Smetanka gave a speech prior to the dinner. In his speech emphasized that South Korea had been country of his special meaning and interest. He said that he would continue to have interest in South Korea.

During his tenure in Seoul Amb. Smetanka and Mrs. Irena Smetankova have been very busy and active for promoting mutual exchanges and benefits between Seoul and Prague. The ambassadorial couple have shown great interests in cultural exchanges in particular.

The newly designated Czech ambassador to Seoul, Mr. Jaroslav Olsa would arrive in Seoul around the end of July this year, according to the sources of the Czech Embassy in Seoul. The career diplomat is also a prolific author of scinece finction novels.

For details or inquiries please contact Embassy of the Czech Republic in Seoul at 725-6765 or 6766

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Ted Gim serves as staff reporter of The Seoul Times. He studied tourism management at a S. Korean university. He spent three years in England and Ireland, studying and living there. He studied tourism at an English college for two years. He covers tourism industry as well as diplomatic community in Seoul.






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