| Aziz Idris |
THE Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Brunei Darussalam, Choi Byung-Koo, bade farewell to his colleagues in the diplomatic corps in Brunei Darussalam as he will be concluding his three-year term in the Sultanate.
He was joined by his spouse, Madam Kim Kyung Soo and other diplomats in a farewell luncheon hosted by the Dean of Diplomatic Corps, Victor A Seleznev, the Russian Ambassador to Brunei, at the Star Lodge Hotel in Jerudong yesterday.
In his welcoming remarks, Victor Seleznev praised the charismatic personality of Choi Byung-Koo. He said the Korean Ambassador is nice and friendly with great intelligence, unerring tact and perfect manners.
“Today, we congratulate them (Choi Byung-Koo and his spouse) for the good results in developing the multi-dimensional Korean-Brunei relationship and wish them all the very best, strong health, eternal happiness in the years ahead and further success in the Land of the Morning Calm (Korea),” he said.
Choi Byung-Koo began his term as the ambassador in the Sultanate in October 2011. Prior to his posting in Brunei, he had a long and fruitful career serving more than three decades at foreign missions in different regions of the world.
He earned the Royal Norwegian Order of Merit (Grand Cross) for his brilliant assignment as the Head of Mission of the Republic of Korea to the Kingdom of Norway. He has also published several books that have now been shared with the young generation of diplomats at Korea University.
In his farewell speech, Choi Byung-Koo thanked the diplomatic corps who have made them feel at home and described the bond as a ‘family atmosphere’ during their stay in Brunei.
“At this time of my departure, I have mixed feelings as this will be my last posting and will be retiring when I return to Korea. This makes me a bit nervous and excited because I don’t know how my life will be like after this posting,” he added.
He thanked his “wonderful” wife, who has stood beside him during his long service life.