In the scope of his visit to Korea Ukraine's President Victor Yushchenko visited Korea University in Seoul, president's press office reported.

In a speech to its students and professors, the President said Ukraine saw South Korea as a “promising space” for beneficial cooperation in many areas. He added that, although Ukraine wanted to join the EU and NATO, it was still eager to develop relations with leaders of the Asian region.

“Korea has a special place among our Asian partners,” he said, describing this country as one of Ukraine’s most powerful trade partners.

Trade between the two states has been growing in the past several years, with the 2006 export/import rate being USD 749 mln, which is 28% higher than in 2005.

Yushchenko also said Ukraine and South Korea boasted a great industrial and scientific potential, enabling them to start mutually beneficial joint projects. (For example, South Korea launched its satellite, Koreasat-5, from the Sea Launch Platform last August.)

The most important task for the two countries is to set short-term goals of bilateral cooperation and make sure that they are achieved, he said.

“Both Ukraine and South Korea need joint technological initiatives which will guide our countries to economic, trade and scientific leadership in the world,” he said.

The President said Ukraine and South Korea should also formulate a common position on global issues, such as anti-terrorism and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Speaking about humanitarian cooperation, Yushchenko said Korea University was the center of Ukrainian studies in Korea. He praised its contacts with Ukraine’s Taras Shevchenko University, describing them as a “vivid example of bilateral cooperation directed to our future.” He added that Ukrainian students could study the Korean language at four universities of Kyiv, as well as in higher education establishments of Dnipropetrovsk, Lviv, and Kharkiv.

The President was given an honorary diploma of Korea University. Its president said Yushchenko was honored for his contribution to Ukraine’s democratic and economic achievements.

The Head of State thanked him warmly, “I regard your decision as a high honor.”    


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