South Korea celebrates the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations with 15 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
To commemorate this year, Seoul's Foreign Affairs Ministry along with the Latin American Studies Association of Korea and the Korean Council on Latin America and the Caribbean have jointly organized a special forum.
Foreign Minister Park Jin stressed the need to strengthen diplomatic ties while giving his speech in Spanish.
"The newly launched Yoon Suk-yeol government will upgrade its partnership with countries in Latin America and the Caribbeanby establishing a customized regional cooperation network for mutual prosperity. While working on FTA networks, we will deepen our strategic dialogue through diplomacy.”
The minister also called for their support in South Korea's bid to host the 2030 World Expo in Busan.
Through the World Expo, Park said South Korea would like to share its experience with Latin American and Caribbean countries.
The event held on Friday explored ways to expand and strengthen cooperation in fields such as economic security, technology, healthcare and cultural exchanges.
"(South) Korea is very strong in many areas such as, artificial intelligence, new mobility, technologies to green our economies. We are very much interested in partnering with Korea in order to better ourselves in such areas."
The ambassador says that countries in Latin America and the Caribbean have great interest in South Koreaand believes there will be more interaction and engagement in the coming years.
"This is the first Latin America and Caribbean related event to be held since South Korean President Yoon Suk-yeol took office. It's expected to serve as an opportunity to broaden diplomatic ties with countries in the region. Min Suk-hyen, Arirang News."