Guests visit the event of celebrating the 213th anniversary of Colombia’s Independence Day in a Seoul hotel. Photo by Yeo Hong-il/Korea News Plus

South American country celebrates 213th national day

New Colombia Amb. Alejandro Pelaez had a diplomatic debut in a diplomatic reception timed with the 213th Anniversary of the Colombia Independence Day held in Seoul late last week.

Amb. Pelaez conveyed to the Korean government and its people a message of condolences and solidarity as the country suffered casualties due to recent torrential.

The strategic partnership between Korea and Colombia since 2011 and the designation of Colombia as a Priority Partner Country for international cooperation from 2021 until 2025 presents great opportunities in terms of energy transition, agricultural industrialization, and the defense & health field’s reindustrialization, according to the diplomat.

Touching upon the fact that the current policy of the incumbent government of Colombia about its external policy focuses on people, Amb. Pelaez pointed out that bilateral relations are embodied in people.

The Embassy of Colombia noted that the Minister of Defense of Colombia, Ivan Velasquez, was scheduled to visit Korea this week in commemoration of the 70th armistice of the Korean War (1950-53)to honor the memory of Colombian heroes and veterans.

Amb. Pelaez commented that Korea set an example for Colombia through its progress and achievements in social and economic growth.

Amb. Pelaez noted the importance of a common vision about climate change to be discussed in the upcoming P4G Summit slated to be held in Bogota this September.

He also conveyed the priority action guidelines of Colombia President Gustavo Petro who is committed to positioning the country in a leading role in such issues as clean mobility, smart cities, revolution 4.0, and compliance with SDGs.

On behalf of the Korean government, Deputy Director-General Han Min-young of the bureau for climate change, energy, environment and scientific affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs talked about the contribution of Colombia, which had dispatched 5,062 soldiers 73 years ago to defend South Korea’s freedom.

Like Colombia envoy Pelaez mentioned during his welcome speech, Deputy Director-General Han also hoped for the third P4G Summit in Bogota to be hosted successfully.

Yeo studied German in Seoul. He has worked as a journalist for the past 40 years. He has mostly covered diplomacy, foreign schools, regional festivals, culture and other areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.