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[Former] Reception to Mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III May 3, 2023

Date
2023-05-04
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Reception to Mark the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III May 3, 2023





Congratulatory Remarks


by H.E. Park Jin


Minister of Foreign Affairs


 


Reception to Mark


the Coronation of His Majesty King Charles III 


May 3, 2023


 


 


Ambassador Colin Crooks,


 


His Excellency Mr. 한승수,


Former Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea,


 


Her Excellency Representative 한정애,


President of the ROK-UK Parliamentary Friendship Group,


 


His Excellency Mr. 김동연,


Governor of Gyeonggi-do Province,


 


His Excellency Mr. 이철우,


Governor of Gyeongsangbuk-do Province,


 


His Excellency Mr. 유정복,


Mayor of the Incheon Metropolitan City,


 


His Excellency Mr. 손경식,


Chairman of the Korea Enterprises Federation,


 


Excellencies,


Distinguished Guests,


Ladies and Gentlemen,


 


Good Evening!


 


It is my great honor to join you this evening


to celebrate the joyful occasion


of the Coronation of Their Majesties King Charles Ⅲ


and the Queen Consort.


 


We are even more excited because we are honoring


the very meaningful milestone


of the 140th anniversary of the establishment


of diplomatic relations between


the Republic of Korea and the United Kingdom.


 


My special thanks go to Ambassador and Mrs. Crooks


for inviting me and my wife here today.


 


On behalf of the government and people


of the Republic of Korea,


I would like to extend the warmest congratulations


to His Majesty King Charles Ⅲ


and all our dear UK friends


on this monumental occasion


of the first coronation in 70 years.


 


With His Majesty’s unwavering and dedicated


public service, his passion for the arts,


and his active commitment to the environment


and our sustainable future,


I firmly believe that His Majesty will open a new and even brighter chapter in the history of the UK.


 


People from all over the world have been enchanted


by the deep historical and cultural legacy


of your great nation.


 


You were the cradle of the Industrial Revolution,


the champion of creative economy,


and produced 137 Nobel Prize winners.


 


Today, the UK remains a global epicenter


of innovation,


with its cutting-edge technology


in a wide range of areas


including artificial intelligence, the space sector,


and bio-technology.


 


British culture is also embedded


in our everyday life.


 


Koreans read William Shakespeare and J.K. Rowling,


love the Beatles and Adele,


and watch Premier League football,


especially when Son Heung-min plays


for the Tottenham Hotspur.


 


Son Heung-min’s recovery


after the World Cup last year,


is exciting news for Korean football fans.


 


I hope he brings more goals and more victories.


 


The UK has been a significant part of my life as well,


both as a student and lecturer of politics,


and later as the President of the Korea Britain Society.


 


Distinguished Guests,


Ladies and Gentlemen,


 


This year not only marks the 140th anniversary


of our diplomatic ties, but also the 70th anniversary


of the armistice of the Korean War.


 


More than 80,000 young British servicemen


fought bravely to safeguard peace and security


on the Korean Peninsula.


 


The bonds forged on the battlefield


are an unshakable foundation for the lasting partnership


between our two countries.


 


Our bilateral ties truly flourished


in the seven decades


that followed the war in many areas.


 


Despite the COVID-19 pandemic,


our two countries have maintained close economic cooperation based on our bilateral free trade agreement.


 


The trade volume between our two countries


has grown ever since,


and our vibrant economic cooperation


has been constantly strengthened


by numerous UK companies operating in Korea.


 


An increasing number of Korean companies, too,


are making their ways to the UK market,


spanning almost every industry.


 


Our people to people exchanges are also remarkable,


with more than 36,000 Korean nationals


now living in the UK,


which is by far the largest number


among the Western European countries.


 


It is also exciting to witness Hallyu, the Korean Wave,


and the interest of Korean culture


among the British people.


 


As young Koreans were captivated by the Beatles


in the past including myself,


the young British are now enthralled by BTS


and Blackpink.


 


The British magazine “Time Out” recently published


a very interesting article


based on a survey done by the Bucket List Company,


which is that today’s world’s most popular cuisine


turned out to be Korean.


 


Since the launch


of the Yoon Suk Yeol Administration last year,


Korea-UK relations have emerged stronger than ever.


 


Regular high-level exchanges have become


a normal pattern.


 


The main occasions include:



The bilateral Summit in Madrid, Spain,


during the NATO Summit last June.


 


President Yoon Suk Yeol and the First Lady’s attendance at the State Funeral


of Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.


 


The visit to Seoul by Foreign Secretary


James Cleverly in September last year.


 


And this week, Prime Minister Han Duck-soo’s visit


to London to celebrate


the coronation of His Majesty King Charles III.


 


Next month, we will mark the one-year anniversary


of the adoption of the


“ROK-UK bilateral framework for closer cooperation”.


 


Based on this framework, our two countries are


expanding our cooperation in a wide range of areas.


 


With the signing of the Terms of Reference


on Space Engagement Talks in July last year,


we are committed to greater collaboration


in the space domain.


 


We are also working closely


in the field of nuclear energy,


as Korea seeks to participate in the construction


of a nuclear power plant in the UK.


 


Cooperation in the areas of health,


cyber space, digital technology,


and climate change are deepening as well.


 


Our expanding partnership based on shared values


and interests is expanding far beyond


the Korean Peninsula.


 


Korea welcomes the UK’s increasing engagement and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.


 


The most notable occasion was


when the British aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth


visited Busan two years ago in August 2021,


in which I myself participated as well.


 


As a former naval officer,


I was very much impressed by the excellent capabilities of the magnificent ship.


 


We will work closely with the UK


to promote freedom, peace, and prosperity


in the Indo-Pacific.


 


As the world faces a global polycrisis,


with the return of geopolitics, supply chain disruptions,


and climate change,


the renewed impetus in Korea-UK solidarity


holds greater significance than ever.


 


Winston Churchill once said:


“Difficulties mastered are opportunities won.”


 


With the unwavering commitment


to our shared values of freedom, democracy,


human rights, and the rule of law,


the ROK looks forward to the enduring bonds


of friendship with the UK flourishing all the more


on our common path ahead.



 


We still cherish warm memories of the historic occasion when Her Late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II


visited Korea in 1999.


 


We celebrated her 73rd birthday


in Andong city, Gyeongsangbuk-do province.


 


I had the honor to have the audience of Her Majesty


both in the Buckingham Palace in London in 1995,


and in Seoul in 1999.


 


We hope that His Majesty King Charles Ⅲ


will honor us with a visit to Korea again


– indeed this would be a precious memory


for both our peoples.


 


My heartfelt congratulations once again


on His Majesty’s Coronation


and the 140th anniversary of our diplomatic relations.


 


Now I would like to propose a toast


to Their Majesties King Charles Ⅲ


and the Queen Consort.


 


Please raise your glasses to the new King and Queen,


and the everlasting friendship


between Korea and Britain.


 


Cheers!   /END/