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Paraguay's FM Hector Lacognata Visits Seoul
For Talks with S. Korean Counterpart Yu Myung-Hwan
By Alex Ahn
Staff Reporter
Paraguay's Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata (left) exchanges a national soccer shirt with his counterpart South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan at Yu's Seoul office on Jan. 21, 2010.

Paraguay's Foreign Minister Hector Lacognata arrived in Seoul from Tokyo on Jan. 20, 2010 for an official three-day visit at the invitation of the South Korean government.

He made a courtesy call on South Korean Prime Minsiter Cheong Un-Chan before he held the official talks with South Korean Foreign Minister Yu Myung-Hwan.

Mr. Cacongnata met with his South Korean counterpart Yu Myung-Hwan at Yu's office in Seoul on Jan. 21, 2010.

Prior to their meeting they exchanged a national soccer shirt in a press conference.

In the evening he was invited to a banquet dinner held in the evening of the day at Samcheonggak in Seoul's Seongbuk-dong.

The dinner was thrown by Ms. Lee Eun-Jeong, president of KAYA (Korean American Youth Association). A total of 25 ambassadors from Central and South American countries were also invited to the reception.

At the exclusive interview with The Seoul Times
the Paraguayan foreign minister wished to have a better ties with South Korea.

"It has been over 48 years since South Korea and Paraguay started its diplomatic relationships.” he said “and I am looking forward to having beneficial outcome throughout the unity of both nations.”

Mr. Lacognata attended the 4th Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) held in Tokyo on Jan. 16-17, 2010 before he came to Seoul.

Mr. Hector Lacognata, who was born on Sept. 6, 1962, was appointed as Paraguayan foreign minister on April 29, 2009 by its President Fernando Lugo.

He replaced Alejandro Hamed Franco who resigned a month earlier.

Lacognata is a legislator from the Common Market of the South (Mercosur) and a deputy from the Beloved Homeland Party.

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