PICTURES: Korean National Day Celebrated in Erbil
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PICTURES: Korean National Day Celebrated in Erbil

ERBIL — Korean Consulate General in Erbil held a unique event on October 16 to celebrate the Korean National Day in a drive-In gathering attended by government officials, foreign diplomats, and others.

Abiding by the health protocols to prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, the event only allowed attendants to enjoy the ceremony in their vehicles parked in the parking lot of Knowledge University.

“Today’s National day reception is historic event in diplomacy in that it is up to now first and only off-line drive-in reception held in Kurdistan and needless to say in Iraq and in the world,” Korean Consul General CHOI Kwangjin said in a speech.

“This national day reception is a kind of pledge ceremony to strengthen bilateral relationship between Korea and Kurdistan in times of Corona pandemic. Under the longtime adventurous spirit of ‘Ema Dostin Ewain’, even in the turmoil of Corona pandemic, Korea and Kurdistan worked closely to fight against Corona virus with the help of testing kits and walk through testing booths from Korea,” he added.

Safin Dizayi, head of Kurdistan Region’s Department of Foreign Relations, congratulated the Korean National Day to the people and government of Korea on behalf of the Kurdistan Region, saying Korea has been a good friend of Kurdistan and it will remain so.

He said Erbil is willing to further expand its relations with Seul while the 15-year diplomatic, economic, and cultural ties have proven to be fruitful.