▲King Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden, right, presents the Order of the Seraphim to
President Lee Myung-bak during his visit to Cheong Wa Dae,
South Korea and Sweden explored cooperation in the fields of
green growth and science and technology, during a summit at Cheong Wa Dae,
President Lee Myung-bak and visiting King Carl XVI Gustaf of
Sweden also discussed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the areas of trade,
investment, and culture.
King Gustaf and Queen Silvia are here for a
four-day state visit.
The couple arrived Tuesday with a business
delegation, with whom the king is opening a conference on innovation, Thursday.
President Lee expressed his gratitude for Sweden’s help during the Korea
War (1950-53). The Nordic country dispatched a hospital ship to treat the
wounded, laying the foundation for one of the first modern western medical
facility in Korea. It later became the National Medical Center located in
Swedish military officers are currently working as
observers under the United Nations Command at the Demilitarized Zones on the
The king returned Lee’s recognition by wishing for
the success of Yeosu Expo 2012. The couple also plans to visit the expo on June
(Source: The Korea Times , May30, 2012 )