JEDDAH: Irfan Mohammed
Published — Saturday 17 November 2012
Last update 17 November 2012 4:33 am
A youth delegation of South Korea that is visiting Saudi Arabia as part of enhancing bilateral relations has concluded its visit on Thursday.
The delegation led by Kin Ki Beom that comprised eight members, all of them students, were keen to explore Saudi Arabian culture.
The team included two Korean students who are studying Arabic in Korea. The delegation in their 11-day visit had focused on developing relations between youth among two countries. It had visited several places and participated in meetings held at Jeddah.
The delegation was received by Mohammed bin Saleh Al Gharnath, director of General Presidency of Youth Welfare, the top official body that oversees sports and youth affairs in Kingdom.
Taehyeok Kim, 22, a student of Cau University, said the South Korean students were highly impressed by education facilities provided by Saudi Arabia to its nationals from primary to higher levels free of cost compared to the high fees they pay for same back home in Korea.
He said that Koreans were touched by the gesture of Saudi hospitality. The Korean team was in praise of infrastructure for youth in sports as it had visited King Fahad stadium in Riyadh and Ettehad and Al Ahli sports clubs in Jeddah.
The delegation also visited Saudi Japanese Automobile Institute, Dar Al-Fikr Schools and Jeddah Chamber of Commerce and Industry to understand their counterpart's style of function.
On Thursday, the team visited Naseef House in Jeddah. In Riyadh, the group visited King Saud University and King Abdulaziz Historical center. The delegation was hosted by Presidency of Youth Welfare.
Adnan Hamza, an official from Presidency of Youth Welfare, said that the Korean delegation's visit was one of the successful youth delegation visits to Jeddah.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs initiated a program to promote Saudi youth relations between Saudi Arabia and nations around the world. The Saudi Korean Youth Forum is the fifth initiative promoting such youth diplomacy. Earlier this year a Saudi Arabian youth delegation visited South Korea.
The International Saudi Youth Forums program is based on the initiative of the Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah for interfaith dialogue and to promote a humanitarian message.
The purpose of the Saudi Korean youth forum is to enable the youth to learn from other cultures as well as foster friendly relations between Saudi and the Korean youth. It is hoped that the activities of the forum will provide an opportunity for Saudi youth to interact with their Korean counterparts and outline common ideas and perceptions.
Korea is Kingdom’s fifth and Saudi Arabia is Korea’s fourth largest trading partner and last year Korea-Saudi trade volume was over $ 44 billion. Kingdom fulfills 31 percent of Korean oil imports. Korean construction companies received close to a little less than $17 billion worth of tenders. Korean companies are also heavily involved in infrastructure and housing construction in Saudi Arabia.