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The first meeting between the heads of state of Estonia and South Korea

The first meeting between the heads of state of Estonia and South Korea
This is the first visit at the level of heads of state since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in 1991.
© Office of the President

07.02.2018

President Kaljulaid said today at her meeting with the President of South Korea, Moon Jae-in, that the good understanding between the two countries is attributable to their shared values and responsibility.

This is the first visit at the level of heads of state since diplomatic relations between the two countries were restored in 1991.

2018 is an important year for both countries – for Estonia because of the 100th anniversary of its independence and for South Korea due to the Olympic games. "The continuance of the international legal system provides the obvious security for the safety of our countries. I wish South Korea success in building up peace in the spirit of the Olympic games and hope that the situation on the Korean peninsula will become stable," said the Estonian Head of State at the meeting.

Apart from discussions on the opportunities for co-operation in the sphere of defence and cyber issues, the presidents of both countries expressed their hope that economic co-operation between the two countries will improve. "The opening of a representation of Estelon, an Estonian manufacturer of loudspeakers, in Seoul serves as a good example, while the other is e-residency, which allows us to offer a low level of bureaucracy and entry to the EU market for enterprising Korean people," added President Kaljulaid.

President Kaljulaid met with the friendship group of the Parliament of South Korea to discuss co-operation opportunities in the digital and cyber sphere.

Tomorrow, President Kaljulaid will meet with the Governor of Gyeonggi Province, Nam Kyung-pil, and open a digital ID centre for e-residents in Seoul, where the Estonian Police and Border Guard Board will start to issue digital IDs for e-residents via a private enterprise as a pilot project.

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