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Logar lauds efforts to boost economic cooperation as Slovenia opening embassy in Seoul

Seoul, 07 June (STA) - Visiting South Korea, Foreign Minister Anže Logar met on Monday representatives of the Korea Trade-Investment Promotion Agency (KOTRA) and the Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The minister welcomed the planned reopening of the KOTRA branch in Slovenia and plans by the South Korean business delegation to visit Slovenia in 2022.

As part of his two-day working visit, Logar also met Kim Sang-hee, one of the deputy speakers of the South Korean National Assembly, and Kim Min-ki, the head of the South Korean-Slovenian parliamentary friendship group, the Foreign Ministry said in a press release.

They all reaffirmed their wish for closer economic cooperation, highlighting the role of the port operator Luka Koper as a key entry point for South Korean exports to Central Europe.

Logar will meet his South Korean counterpart and host Chung Eui-yong on Tuesday as part of the visit aimed at continuing political dialogue and strengthening bilateral relations, particularly in business.

At the same time, the visit marks the official opening of the first Slovenian embassy in Seoul.

Logar said in an interview with the Korea JoongAng Daily that the embassy will be opened in a month or two. "We're in the final phase of opening the embassy," he said.

The minister also said that the first Slovenian ambassador to South Korea had arrived in the country last week.

The ministry told the STA that Janez Premože, a former Slovenian ambassador to India and China, had been sent to South Korea, while his appointment is not yet formal because the embassy is not yet opened.

Slovenia has currently two consulates in South Korea, one in Seoul, the country's capital, and the other in Daegu in the south.