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Foreign Minister Titus Corlăţean has met with South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se

Press release

Continuing his official visit to Seoul, Minister of Foreign Affairs Titus Corlăţean met on Friday, 12 July 2013, with South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se.

The two ministers enlarged upon the progress of bilateral relations between the two countries. They noted the excellent political dialogue at various levels – governmental, parliamentary and at civil society level.

The Romanian Minister proposed negotiating a memorandum of understanding between the two foreign ministries, to be signed during a future visit of his South Korean counterpart to Bucharest and which would institute a constant, substantive and in-depth dialogue on various bilateral and international themes of shared interest.

The two parties agreed on initiating a new bilateral program devoted to student exchanges, students thus affording to practice in the fields they are studying (Working Holiday Program).

Moreover, it was agreed to hold consular consultations in the ensuing period, in order to optimize the system of granting visas to students and business persons.

The two foreign ministers noted the significant rise in the volume of bilateral trade exchanges, following the entry into force of the free trade agreement between the EU and the Republic of Korea. They underscored the interest in developing bilateral projects in the fields of energy, IT&C, infrastructure, agriculture and food processing, health care services, and tourism.

The two officials approached extensively the regional problem area, insisting on the situation in the Korean Peninsula. The South Korean Foreign Minister presented significant aspects about the developments in East Asia, and the Romanian Minister enlarged upon the recent developments in the European Union and in Central and Eastern Europe.

On the occasion of their meeting, the heads of the two diplomacies approached the Romanian-South Korean cooperation in international organizations and exchanged views on topical issues of the global agenda.

Further information

The European Union – Republic of Korea Free Trade Agreement was signed on 6 October 2010 and provisionally entered into force on 1 July 2011, the EU member states having to complete the national procedures for ratification. Romania ratified the agreement on 8 February 2013.