- Ministry News
Outcome of ROK-Vatican Foreign Ministerial Meeting Held on Occasion of 73rd Session of UN General Assembly
1. On the occasion of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha met bilaterally with Secretary for Relations with States of the Vatican City State Paul Gallagher on September 28 and discussed with him the Republic of Korea-Vatican relations and the situation on the Korean Peninsula.
2. Minister Kang extended appreciation to Pope Francis for issuing messages over such major events as inter-Korean and US-North Korea summit talks to express wish for peace on the Korean Peninsula; and asked the Vatican City State to remain attentive to and supportive of the efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula.
※ Since his inauguration, Pope Francis has issued nine messages for the ROK, including in the hope of the success of the US-North Korea summit talks (June 10) and in support of the inter-Korean summit meeting (April 27) and its positive results (April 29).
3. Secretary Gallagher, viewing the outcome of the third inter-Korean summit meeting in a positive light, emphasized the importance of the ROK government’s commitment to lead the efforts to move forward the inter-Korean relations and the denuclearization process.
4. With the year 2018 marking the 55th anniversary of the ROK-Vatican diplomatic relations, the Minister and the Secretary agreed to boost already-robust exchanges and thereby further enhance the bilateral relations.
* unofficial translation