Korean open diplomacy attracts Saudis to Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympics

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South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh. (AN photo by Salman Marzouq)
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South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh, left, and Mazen Batterjee, Vice-Chairman of Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry. (AN photo by Salman Marzouq)
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From right to left: Mr. Lee, Deputy Consul General, Mr. Youn Ho Kang, South Korean Consul General to Saudi Arabia, Nak-young Oh (center), Mr. Sarah Jung and Mr. Woo. (AN photo by Salman Marzouqi)
Updated 06 December 2017
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Korean open diplomacy attracts Saudis to Pyeong-Chang Winter Olympics

Korean Consulate in Jeddah held its annual “Korean Night” event on the 4th of Dec as part of its cultural activities. The event was aimed at promoting people-to-people contact and mutual understanding between the two nations.
This year’s event focused on the upcoming 2018 Peyong-Chang Winter Olympics Games, which kicks off on the 9th of February of next year. This will be South Korea’s second Olympic games, the first held in Seoul in 1988, and its first ever Winter Olympic and Paralympic events.
The Consul General Nakyoung Oh delivered a speech on the historical relations between the two nations, as more young Saudis are learning Korean, and indulging in K-pop and drama culture.
A presentation was given on different aspects of Korean life including a number of most known phrases for the viewers’ pleasure. After that a contest was held at the end of the presentation with most winners belonging to a group of young girls whom are clearly experts on all things Korean. Korea’s infamous K-pop music was playing in the background as guests enjoyed local dishes.
“It gives me great pleasure to have had the opportunity to meet with the distinguished guests of whom are interested in Korean culture. I’ve enjoyed my time greatly in the Kingdom and as I prepare myself for my next post, I hope to see more young girls and boys grow interested in Korean culture. Jeddah has been wonderful and I will be back surely one day,” said Consul General Oh.



US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo leaves Riyadh after meeting Saudi king, crown prince

  • Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince
  • The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation

DUBAI: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo left Riyadh for Turkey on Wednesday after talks with King Salman of Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the case of the missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pompeo had a brief meeting with the king before a lengthy, 40-minute discussion with the crown prince. “We are strong and old allies. We face our challenges together,” the crown prince said as he warmly welcomed Pompeo to the Saudi capital. Later Prince Mohammed also discussed the investigation in a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump.

Saudi Minister of Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir also had talks with Pompeo. “The secretary and the foreign minister agreed on the importance of a thorough, transparent, and timely investigation,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said later.

Pompeo will meet Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu in Turkey.

Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen who lived in the US, disappeared on Oct. 2 after visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to complete paperwork related to his divorce. Saudi Arabia and Turkey have set up a joint team to investigate the disappearance.

Officers from the team searched the consulate in Istanbul for eight hours overnight on Monday, and left at 5 am on Tuesday.