Uzbek Amb. H.E. Vitali Fen in Seoul, right, poses with South Korea’s National Assembly Speaker Park Byeong-seug during their recent meeting at the parliament. Photo courtesy of Uzbek Embassy in Seoul

Two countries join forces in multiple areas

As strategic partners, Uzbekistan and South Korea are strengthening their collaboration on broad-based areas, according to a top Uzbek diplomat in Seoul.

Uzbek Amb. H.E. Vitali Fen made the comments in a recent interview with the Korea News Plus on the occasion of the country’s Independence Day that falls on Sept. 1 this year.

He took the example of the legal collaboration of the two countries, which set up the diplomatic ties in early 1992.

“Within the framework of the agreements reached on cooperation between the law enforcement agencies of the two countries, direct working contacts have been established, which make it possible to interact and exchange information in around-the-clock and operational mode in the fight against terrorism, extremism, human trafficking, drug trafficking, cybercrime, and public safety,” Fen said.

“In addition, working meetings of law enforcement specialists of the two countries are held on a regular basis, within the framework of which the parties exchange experience in the most needed areas.”

He added that the established communication channels had repeatedly confirmed their effectiveness, which he said is a clear example of which is the prompt identification of the criminals wanted in the two countries, their arrest, and subsequent transfer to law enforcement agencies.

The diplomat noted that the two countries’ relations are special in many ways, including the hundreds of thousands of ethnic Koreans in Uzbekistan.

“The Korean diaspora in Uzbekistan is an integral part of our society, which contributes to the construction of a modern and democratic state. Therefore, for many decades, Koreans have lived in Uzbekistan, who have made and continue to make their invaluable contribution to the development of our country and, at the same time, are a link in many cultural relations with South Korea,” he said.

“The Uzbek and Korean peoples have always supported each other in difficult times, and 180,000 representatives of the Korean diaspora living in Uzbekistan have become an integral part of our multinational and multi-confessional society.”

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