Prime Minister Mark Brown greets Special Envoy (SE) of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Dong-Man Han, in Rarotonga this week. MFAI/23072124
Prime Minister Mark Brown, who is also the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI), along with Government and MFAI officials met with Special Envoy (SE) of the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Korea, Dong-Man Han and his delegation in Rarotonga this week.
In a statement, MFAI said this week's talks follow
discussions between Prime Minister Brown and the Republic of Korea President
Yoon Suk Yeol within the margins of the first Korea-Pacific Islands Leaders’
Summit held in Seoul in May, which was co-chaired by the two leaders.
“I welcomed the opportunity to meet with SE Han and
his delegation during his first official visit to the Cook Islands where we had
fruitful discussions,” Brown said. “This week’s discussions were an opportunity
to share with our South Korean counterparts the Cook Islands perspectives on a
number of different topics and navigate the way forward between our two
During bilateral discussions, PM Brown and SE Han
discussed priority cooperation areas, including support towards the Cook
Islands’ economic recovery, the country’s graduation to high-level income
status, renewable energy, fisheries, climate change, seabed minerals, tourism,
air connectivity, regional security and stability, and the hosting of the
Pacific Islands Forum.
Han was accompanied by the Republic of Korea's
Ambassador to the Cook Islands resident in Wellington, Chang-Sik Kim, senior
officials from the Korea Institute of Ocean Science and Technology, and
officials from the Korea Embassy in Wellington.
During his visit, Han and his delegation also met with
Special Envoy to the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) and Secretary of MFAI, Tepaeru
Herrmann, on behalf of PIF and Young-Sam Choi, Deputy
Foreign Minister on behalf of the Republic of Korea, co-chaired the preparatory
meeting for the inaugural Korea-Pacific Islands Leaders' Summit held in May.
“The Cook Islands greatly values our close partnership
and engagement with the Republic of Korea, which is a long-standing and
important dialogue partner to the Forum and a crucial development partner to
the Pacific Islands region,” said Herrmann.
“This visit by SE Han allowed for discussions on past
and current areas of cooperation and ways to further deepen engagement in
economic recovery and access to finance, climate change and disaster risk and
resilience, ocean governance, maritime affairs, and fisheries, as well as
people-to-people exchanges and cooperation in the international and