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Ex-Amb. to Vietnam to take office as chief of center for ASEAN-Korea relations

All Headlines 11:45 April 12, 2018

SEOUL, April 12 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's former ambassador to Vietnam will take office next week as the new chief of the ASEAN-Korea Center, an intergovernmental organization devoted to expanding economic and diplomatic ties between the two sides, the center said Thursday.

Lee Hyuk, who will assume the position as the secretary general on Monday, is a career diplomat. He previously served as South Korea's ambassador to the Philippines and a presidential secretary for foreign affairs. He recently finished his term as ambassador to Vietnam.

"Under the new initiative, dubbed 'New Southern Policy,' the Korean government aims to elevate its relationship with ASEAN to the level of those with the four major powers around the Korean Peninsula," the center quoted him as saying.

"For the next three years, I will make my earnest efforts to achieve shared prosperity between ASEAN and Korea through mutually beneficial economic cooperation and to connect peoples of the two regions by promoting cultural and people-to-people exchanges," he said.

The center will host an inaugural reception for Lee on April 23, where Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and ambassadors from the member countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations will attend.

The ASEAN-Korea Center was established in Seoul in 2009 with mandates to increase trade volume, accelerate investment flow, invigorate tourism and enrich cultural and people-to-people exchanges between the two sides.

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