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Moon cites diplomats' role in fostering int'l support for Korea peace process

Politics 15:10 December 11, 2019

SEOUL, Dec. 11 (Yonhap) -- President Moon Jae-in emphasized the importance of diplomats Wednesday in promoting the Korea peace process and benchmarking successful policies abroad on various pending issues, as he granted credentials to more than a dozen newly appointed ambassadors.

Ambassador to the United States Lee Soo-hyuck and 13 other top envoys in foreign countries were given the credentials during a Cheong Wa Dae ceremony, which will be presented to the leaders of their appointed nations.

"With the rise of South Korea's stature on the global stage, the role of diplomats has become important in various fields, such as diplomacy, economy and culture," Moon told them. "There's not a single nation that is not important."

Moon called on the ambassadors to do their best to improve South Korea's relations with their assigned countries and bolster international cooperation for the Korea peace process, according to Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Ko Min-jung.

President Moon Jae-in (L) walks toward a meeting room at Cheong Wa Dae together with newly appointed South Korean ambassadors to overseas missions on Dec. 11, 2019. On the right is Lee Soo-hyuck, new ambassador to the United States. (Yonhap)

Moon pointed out that the international community faces a host of common problems, including low birthrates, youth unemployment, welfare for the elderly, climate change and new job conditions from the fourth industrial revolution.

He asked the senior diplomats to study exemplary cases different from South Korea's approach and how Seoul can benchmark their policies, Ko added.

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