Greek President Prokopios Pavlopoulos and the Prime Minister of South Korea Lee Nak-yon sent a message of peaceful coexistence, cooperation and creativity during their meeting on Monday.
Lee Nak-yon is in Athens for the ceremony to receive the Olympic Flame for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics (at a ceremony on Tuesday in Ancient Olympia).
Pavlopoulos stressed that “Greece, in keeping with its history and as a member-state of the European Union, unreservedly supports the decision of the European Council, which condemns the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea [North Korea] for the nuclear and ballistic missiles that violate basic principles of international law and urges it to comply fully and immediately with the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions.”
Pavlopoulos praised the valuable but also highly symbolic, as he said, financial contribution made by South Korea through the UNHCR in 2015 and 2016 for the needs of refugees in Greece. “This shows the great sensitivity of your people and their unwavering attachment to the top global principles and values of humanity and solidarity,” concluded the President of the Republic.
The Prime Minister of the Republic of Korea thanked Pavlopoulos for his warm welcome and underlined that the People of South Korea have many reasons to thank Greece. In particular, he referred to the Greek Expeditionary Corps, which in 1950 was sent to Korea, noting that the 10,581 Greek soldiers were a very large number in proportion to the population of Greece, and added that out of the 16 countries that sent expeditionary forces to Korea at that time, the sixth in the series was Greek. The second point highlighted by the South Korean prime minister concerned Korean shipyards, as Greek companies were the first to place large orders.