Peruvian envoy Paul Duclos, third from left, welcomes Lebanon Amb. Azzam during a recent event to celebrate Peru's 202nd Independence Day in Seoul. Photo courtesy of the Embassy of Peru

Peruvian envoy hopes for stronger bilateral relationship

In the context of the bicentenary of its Independence, Peru will be commemorating it throughout 2024, according to the Embassy of Peru located in Seoul.

This special occasion commemorates, at the same time, the 60 years of friendly relations and mutual cooperation between the Republics of Peru and Korea, based on mutual values, complementary economic links, and a positive agenda, said Peruvian envoy Paul Duclos.

The diplomat, who was accredited recently, made the point in a recent diplomatic reception to celebrate the 202nd Peruvian Independence.

In this year of commemoration, Peruvians found themselves developing a busy calendar of political, economic, gastronomic, and cultural activities, Ducklos added.

As one example, he said: “I wish to specially highlight the arrival of the Peruvian Navy Flagship Union ‘BAP Union,’ in Busan, during Sept. 10 and 14 when it will open its doors to all residents in the country, which will be able to enjoy Peru’s culture through the different activities planned.”

When assuming the Embassy of Peru in Korea a few months ago, recently it was his greatest honor to present my credential to the President of the Republic, Mr. Yoon Suk-yeol, expressing the firm compromise to continue working toward a stronger bilateral relationship and our exchanges in all levels, he recalled.

Touching upon bilateral high-ranking officials’ contact between Korea and Peru, Amb. Duclos said: “In the period to our FTA of 2011 and the establishment of a Strategic Partnership since 2012, there have been new formal additions of political coordination, on one side, and economic, scientific and technological affairs, on the other, that have allowed the recent visit to Korea of high-ranking Peruvian officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Environment, and Development and Social inclusion.”

This increasing alliance has also found new fields of common partnership in sectors like ICT, defense and security, environmental protection, health services, and, particularly, in defense and security, he added.

Representing the Minister of National Defense, Vice Minister Sung Il said: “We are writing new history together through the recent cooperation in defense and military industry areas.”

Furthermore, he noted: “Defense industry cooperation, which started from KT-1P in 2012, continued to the ships Ferre in 2016 and Guise in 2021, to contribute to Peru’s sovereignty protection and drug crime combat.”

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.