Diplomats and distinguished guests post at a reception held to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Uzbek Independence at Lotte Hotel in downtown Seoul on Nov. 15. Photo by Korea News Plus

Uzbek president will visit Seoul next month

For Koreans, Uzbek Amb. Vitali Fen is remembered as one of the longest-serving envoys who had devoted his passion and energy to developing Korea-Uzbekistan relations to the highest level. He also served as the Dean of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps.

Over the past 18 years, Amb. Vitali Fen held his Charge d’Affaires a.i., Uzbek Amb. position, and the Dean position of the Seoul Diplomatic Corps. to tune different standpoints among many foreign diplomats in Seoul.

Once, he left Seoul only to return to the country as Uzbek Amb. to the Republic of Korea with his Mme. Lyudmila S. Fen, thus surprising the diplomatic circle.

Long-term services of Amb. Vitali Fen

Amb. Vitali Fen and his Mme. Lyudmila S. Fen has attracted attention as they fluently speak the Korean language and like to travel to many cities and counties with their Korean acquaintances.

On Nov. 15, they hosted a reception in downtown Seoul in time with the 30th anniversary of Uzbek Independence and the 29th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Korea and their country.

More than 250 guests gathered, including the Seoul Diplomatic Corps., CJ Group Chairman Sohn Kyung-shik, and Chairman Kim Yong-gu from Korea-Uzbekistan Association, to name just a few.

Amb. Vitali Fen underlined that the Republic of Korea is one of Uzbekistan’s most reliable and time-tested strategic partners, as well as one of the largest investors in his republic, which accommodates almost 900 Korean companies.

In addition, the lifetime diplomat stressed that the two countries had held a total of 16 meetings at the level of heads of state during the past three decades.

Milestone event

Despite the consequences of the pandemic, the multifaceted relationship between Uzbekistan and Korea has continued to develop dynamically, said Amb. Vitali Fen during his commemorative speech.

He added that the leaders of the two countries held two telephone conversations last year and jointly participated in the International Forum for Northern Economic Cooperation.

According to the ambassador, the president of Uzbekistan highly appreciates the tangible contribution of the Korean side to the international efforts in combatting the novel coronavirus and expressed deep gratitude for the profound practical support rendered to Uzbekistan in the prevention, effective treatment, and rehabilitation of peoples so as to overcome the dangerous disease.

According to the South Korean presidential house, President Shavkat Mirziyoyev of Uzbekistan is scheduled to visit Seoul next month.

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