By Cao Thi Ha
President Yoon Suk Yeol on Jan. 31 invited foreign diplomats stationed in Korea to a New Year’s luncheon for the Diplomatic Corps in Korea at Yeongbingwan, the guesthouse at the former presidential compound of Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul.
At the presidential office, Senior Secretary to the President for Public Relations Kim Eun-hye told a briefing, “For the New Year’s luncheon for the Diplomatic Corps, President Yoon invited to Yeongbingwan diplomatic envoys and representatives of international organizations based in Korea.”
In his New Year’s address, the president thanked ambassadors and representatives of international organizations in the country for actively working to promote friendly relations with Korea.
He also asked for continuous support for and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific strategy, the nation’s independent regional diplomatic plan, and policy toward North Korea.
This was the first time for the president to host an invitational event for all foreign diplomats in Korea since his inauguration.
Attending the luncheon were 170 people including ambassadors from 108 countries, leaders of 15 global organizations, and leading government officials like Prime Minister Han Duck-soo and a deputy speaker of the 21st National Assembly.
Tteokguk (soup with thinly sliced rice cake), which is traditionally eaten on New Year’s Day, was served at the luncheon.