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Top envoys from French-speaking countries visit Yonhap News Agency

Diplomacy 18:48 March 21, 2019

SEOUL, March 21 (Yonhap) -- Seven ambassadors from French-speaking countries visited Yonhap News Agency on Thursday to discuss ways to promote cooperation with South Korea's top news wire.

Top envoys from France, Rwanda, Canada, Morocco, Lebanon, Senegal and Cote d'Ivoire met with Cho Sung-boo, president and CEO of Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap TV, and other officials at the headquarters of Yonhap in Seoul.

The ambassadors were Fabien Penone of France; Emma Isumbingabo of Rwanda; Michael Danagher of Canada; Chafik Rachadi of Morocco; Antoine Azzam of Lebanon; Mamadou Gueye Faye of Senagal; and Sylvestre Kouassi Bilé of Cote d'ivoire.

Their countries are members of the Organization Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF), an association of French-speaking countries. The envoys are among 37 ambassadors in South Korea who belong to a council to promote the Francophonie in South Korea.

Yonhap News Agency introduced to the envoys its French-language news app, whose official launch is set for late this month. Yonhap has provided news services in French since 2009.

"Yonhap's French-language news service is working as a window to provide major news on the Korean Peninsula (to French-speaking readers)," Yonhap President Cho said.

"I hope that the ambassadors' visit could promote ties between Francophonie countries and Yonhap News and Yonhap TV," he added.

Rwanada's top envoy Isumbingabo, chief of the Francophonie-promotion council in Seoul, also expressed hope for better ties with Yonhap.

Cho Sung-boo (5th from L), president and CEO of Yonhap News Agency and Yonhap TV; the French Ambassador Fabien Penone (4th from L); and other envoys from French-speaking countries pose for a photo on March 21, 2019, at the headquarters of Yonhap News Agency. (Yonhap)

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