Secretary-General of ASEAN, Dr Surin Pitsuwan, welcomed the appointment of Kim Ho-young as the Republic of Korea’s first Ambassador to ASEAN.

He said, “We thank the ROK for its support for ASEAN.  ASEAN and ROK enjoy good dialogue relations in many fields.  We are celebrating our 20th Anniversary of our dialogue partnership with the ASEAN-ROK Commemorative Summit in 1-2 June 2009. In the economic sector, both sides are implementing Free Trade Agreement (FTA) in trade in goods and will next implement FTA in trade in services.  There are also many cultural and people-to-people exchanges between ASEAN and ROK.”

ROK is the fifth country to appoint its Ambassador to ASEAN, following the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

H.E. Kim is concurrently the Ambassador of the ROK to the Republic of Indonesia.