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Secretary Martin to Host Korean Consul General

Date: 11/6/2015

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CONTACT:  Chris Powell | chris.powell@sos.arkansas.gov | (501) 683-0057

Secretary Martin to Host Korean Consul General

Visit to Enhance Bilateral Cultural and Economic Relationships

(LITTLE ROCK, AR) – Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin will host Ambassador Joohyeon Baik, the Consul General for the Republic of Korea in Houston during his visit to Little Rock Sunday, November 8th through Tuesday, November 10th.

The Secretary and the Ambassador will discuss the bilateral relationship between Arkansas and South Korea  and possibilities for further development of cultural and economic relationships.

The Ambassador will meet with other government officials and representatives from Arkansas business and industry.  Korea was Arkansas' eighth-largest trading partner in 2014.

Ambassador Baik has served in various diplomatic postings in Europe, Asia, and the United States throughout his career.  The Korean Consulate General in Houston is responsible for cooperative relations with five states, including Arkansas. This will be the Ambassador’s first visit to Arkansas.  While here, he will make visits to the Arkansas State Capitol, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he will give a guest lecture on the alliance between the United States and Korea, and visit other local sites.

Secretary Martin has a well-developed relationship with the South Korean diplomatic corps in the United States and the Secretary of State’s Office was asked to help coordinate the Ambassador’s visit.(Ambassador Baik is currently serving as Consul General, but retains the diplomatic rank and title of Ambassador given his previous postings.)

Secretary Martin was privileged to visit the Republic of Korea in 2013 on a cultural exchange and is proud to welcome Ambassador Baik and his delegation to Arkansas.

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