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The Embassy of Ecuador held a reception to mark the 204th anniversary of the South American country’s independence. Provided by the embassy

The Embassy of Ecuador held an Independence Day celebration Friday at the Lotte Hotel in central Seoul ahead of the country’s national holiday on Aug. 10.

Ecuadorian Ambassador Trujillo Newlin, joined by Director-General Jang Myung-soo, of Latin American and Caribbean Affairs, highlighted the importance of bilateral relations between Korea and Ecuador.

“Ecuador rejoices in the celebration of its 204th anniversary of its Independence Day and pays its tribute of respect, admiration and appreciation to the patriots of the 10th of August, 1809,” Newlin said in his opening remarks.

“August 10, 1809, is a memorable date for Ecuadorians to remember the movement for the independence of our country, a landmark event in the history of the struggle for freedom of the Latin American people from colonial rule,” he said.

The commemoration was held in the form of a reception attended by a number of diplomats and people from the business community.

The ambassador underscored Korean companies’ presence and popularity in Ecuador, citing SK Engineering and Construction, which signed a $12.5 billion oil refinery contract in 2010.

“SK is in charge of upgrading one of the most important refineries in Ecuador,” he said, adding that Korean companies have an excellent reputation in Ecuador. “We have a brand recognition index where Coca-Cola holds the top spot and No.2 is LG. This means LG is one of the most highly regarded companies in Ecuador.”

Jang Myung-soo, the deputy director-general, also spoke about the strengthening ties between the two countries over the years.

“Korea and Ecuador are joined in friendship for more than 50 years now, a period during which they have been building up strong bonds of cooperation in different sectors,” he said. He pointed out that the 2010 visit by Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa was a sognificant boost to the bilateral relationship.

“Korea, known for its high technological level, and Ecuador, which holds an abundant supply of natural resources, are promoting synergistic cooperation with the view to achieve joint prosperity,” he said.



BY PARK EUN-JEE [ejpark@joongang.co.kr]
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