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Estonian Ambassador to South Korea Presents Credentials


No. 309-E

On Tuesday, 12 October, the first Estonian Ambassador to the Republic of Korea Andres Unga presented his credentials to President of the Republic of Korea Lee Myung-bak. The ambassador resides in Beijing.

In the discussion that followed the presenting of credentials, Estonian Ambassador Andres Unga and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak discussed bilateral relations and opportunities to intensify them. The president expressed his satisfaction that Estonia is now officially represented in Korea. The two agreed that Estonia and South Korea have good opportunities for mutually beneficial co-operation in many areas. “We should also pay more attention to exchanging bilateral visits in the future,” said Ambassador Unga.

Ambassador Unga also emphasised the importance of economic relations with South Korea. “South Korea is the European Union’s eighth trade partner by volume, and the European Union is South Korea’s second export partner by volume,” Unga stated. President Lee Myung-bak felt the signing of a free trade agreement between the EU and Korea on 6 October was significant, and he expressed hope that it would consequently have a positive impact on trade between Estonia and Korea.

The South Korean president expressed interest in Estonia’s IT solutions, especially the topic of e-voting.

Andres Unga was born on 29 April 1966 in Viljandi. He graduated from Tallinn University of Technology and the Estonian School of Diplomacy in 1991. After graduating from university, Unga went to work in the protocol department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and stayed in that department until 1996 as a deputy director, director and then director general. From 1996 to 2000, Unga was the ambassador to Sweden, and after that he worked as the director general of the Ministry’s human resources department. From 2003-2007 Andres Unga was the ambassador to Greece. From 2004-2007 he was the non-residing Estonian ambassador to Cyprus and from 2003-2008 he was the non-residing ambassador to Armenia. Unga has been the ambassador to China since 2007. He has been the non-residing ambassador to Vietnam since 2008 and the non-residing ambassador to Thailand since 2009.

Ambassador Andres Unga is married and has two children. Unga speaks English, Russian and Swedish.

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