South Korea’s Culture Minister Engages in Diplomatic Dialogue with Vatican in Rome

SEOUL - In a significant move to strengthen international cultural ties, South Korea's Culture Minister Yu In-chon is set to meet with Vatican officials in Italy. This meeting, scheduled for this week, is part of the ongoing celebrations marking the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Seoul and the Vatican, an event announced by the Culture Minister's office on Sunday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Sports and Tourism, the meeting with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin will take place in Rome on Monday, Italy time. The agenda includes discussions on reinforcing bilateral relations and participating in various cultural events. These discussions are not only a symbol of the longstanding ties between South Korea and the Vatican but also a testament to their commitment to furthering their relationship through cultural exchange.

Yu's visit will also involve expressing gratitude to Cardinal Parolin for his role in organizing several ceremonies. The Culture Minister aims to emphasize the importance of maintaining close cooperation through cultural exchanges. Among the events planned are photo exhibitions that chronicle the history of the relationship between South Korea and the Vatican and a concert featuring traditional Korean music.

The diplomatic relationship between South Korea and the Vatican was formally established in 1963. Over the years, this relationship has been marked by mutual visits and cultural exchanges. Notably, former Pope John Paul II visited South Korea in 1984 and 1989, and Pope Francis visited Seoul in 2014, further solidifying the bonds between the two states.

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