OTTAWA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/22/13 -- At the request of the Right Honourable Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will attend the inauguration ceremony of Park, Geun-hye, President-elect of the Republic of Korea, in Seoul, on Monday, February 25, 2013.
"As 2013 marks 50 years of diplomatic relations between Canada and the Republic of Korea, I'm honoured to represent Canada at the inauguration ceremony of Park, Geun-hye, President-elect of the Republic of Korea," said the Governor General. "Canada's long-standing relationship with Korea started when Canadian missionaries and teachers made notable cultural, scientific and social contributions to the country's development. Over the last five decades, our bilateral relationship has grown, and has led to Canada and South Korea becoming important trading partners. While in Seoul, I look forward to further strengthening our diplomatic ties with the Korean people and government officials during official functions and events."
In Seoul, His Excellency will meet with President-elect Park, Geun-hye to discuss bilateral relations between Canada and Korea, as well as attend a dinner she is hosting. The Governor General will also participate in a round-table discussion on trade with members of Korean civil society, deliver a keynote address on the Diplomacy of Knowledge at Yonsei University, lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial, and visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone, one of the last remaining symbols of the Cold War.
Below is the detailed itinerary (Korea Standard Time):
Sunday, February 245:50 p.m.Arrival in SeoulUpon his arrival, His Excellency will be welcomed by Korean governmentrepresentatives, as well as by Mr. David Chatterson, Ambassador of Canada tothe Republic of Korea, and a guard of honour.Seoul Air Base, SeoulOFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY Monday, February 2511 a.m.Inauguration CeremonyHis Excellency will represent Canada at the inauguration ceremony ofPresident-elect Park, Geun-hye.National Assembly Plaza, SeoulOPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY1 p.m.Round-table Discussion on Collaboration for Prosperity in a CompetitiveWorldHis Excellency will participate in a round-table discussion on trade withmembers of Korean civil society.Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada to the Republic of Korea,SeoulOFFICIAL PHOTOGRAPHERS ONLY4 p.m.Governor General Keynote Address at Yonsei UniversityHis Excellency will deliver a keynote address entitled "Where East MeetsWest: Canada, Korea and the Diplomacy of Knowledge" to students and facultystaff at Yonsei University, as well as participate in a question-and-answersession with the audience. The Governor General will also be appointed adistinguished honorary fellow by Dr. Kap-Young Jeong, President of YonseiUniversity, for his support for higher education and academic co-operationand partnerships between universities in the Republic of Korea and Canada.Yonsei University was first established in 1885, by Christian missionaries,making it the oldest private university in Korea.For more information, visit www.yonsei.ac.kr/eng/.Chang Ki-Won International Conference Room, Yonsei-Samsung Library Building,SeoulOPEN TO MEDIA7:30 p.m.Dinner Hosted by the President of the Republic of KoreaIn honour of her installation, the President will host a dinner for foreigndignitaries who attended the inauguration ceremony. His Excellency willattend the dinner on behalf of Canada.Blue House, SeoulOPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY Tuesday, February 268:40 a.m.Wreath-Laying Ceremony at the War Memorial of KoreaIn the presence of Lieutenant General (ret) Sun, Young-Jae, Director of theWar Memorial of Korea, His Excellency will lay a wreath in honour of the60th anniversary of the Korean War Armistice Agreement. During this war, 516Canadians were killed of which 378 are buried in the United Nations MemorialCemetery in Busan, South Korea.The War Memorial of Korea opened in 1994, on the former site of the armyheadquarters, to exhibit and memorialize the military history of Korea. Thememorial building has six indoor exhibition rooms and an outdoor exhibitioncentre displaying over 13 000 items of war memorabilia and militaryequipment.War Memorial of Korea, SeoulPHOTO OP9:30 a.m.Meeting with the President of the Republic of KoreaThe Governor General will meet Her Excellency Park, Geun-hye, President ofthe Republic of Korea, to discuss bilateral relations between Canada andKorea.Blue House, SeoulPHOTO OP WITH ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY11 a.m.Visit to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)His Excellency will visit the United Nations Command and the Joint SecurityArea in the DMZ. This strip of land runs along the 38th parallel north,across the Korean Peninsula, and serves as a buffer zone between North andSouth Korea. The DMZ is 250 kilometres long and approximately fourkilometres wide.OPEN TO ACCREDITED MEDIA ONLY
Visits abroad by a governor general play an important role in Canada's relations with other countries. They mark further developments in bilateral relations and exchanges among peoples.
Members of the public can follow the visit to the Republic of Korea online at www.gg.ca, where photos of the Governor General will be posted.
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