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Brussels, 19 December 2012

EUCO 242/12


PR PCE 205

Joint statement by
the President of the European Council Herman Van Rompuy
and the President of the European Commission
José Manuel Barroso
on the election of Park Geun-hye
as President of the Republic of Korea

Dear Ms Park,

On behalf of the European Union please accept our congratulations on your election as President of the Republic of Korea.

The Republic of Korea and the European Union are Strategic Partners. We believe that our partnership, based on shared values and common goals, can make a real difference also in addressing global challenges.

As we approach the fiftieth anniversary of diplomatic relations, we look forward to continuing work with you to further expand our cooperation, including in the economic field, and promote peace, security and respect for human rights.

We would welcome the opportunity to meet you to develop further our mutual priorities and the next stage in our relations.

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