Chile’s naval train­ing ship vis­its Bu­san to bol­ster friendly ex­changes

The Korea Times - - EMBASSY ROW - By Fer­nando Danus Fer­nando Danus is the am­bas­sador of Chile to the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea.

The Chilean Navy’s Train­ing Ship Es­mer­alda is vis­it­ing the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea from Oct. 4 to 8.

This oc­ca­sion con­sti­tuted a source of per­sonal sat­is­fac­tion for me, be­cause it brought back mem­o­ries which stretch back in time along my diplo­matic ca­reer. I had al­ready re­ceived the ves­sel and its crew in dif­fer­ent ca­pac­i­ties in New York (1986), Welling­ton (1993), Sin­ga­pore (1995), Bali (2002), Sin­ga­pore again in 2012 and Bu­san in 2016.

I of­ten say that this mag­nif­i­cent ship has been present in some of the most im­por­tant phases of my diplo­matic life.

How­ever, the in­flu­ence of the Es­mer­alda for the de­vel­op­ment of the ties of friend­ship and the growth of mutual un­der­stand­ing with the coun­tries vis­ited dur­ing its jour­neys around the world is of much greater sig­nif­i­cance.

Some­times the Es­mer­alda is given the name of “Chile’s Am­bas­sador” and this is not an over­state­ment. As Chilean diplo­mats, we are keenly aware of the sig­nif­i­cance of a port call of this im­pos­ing train­ing ship and its crew of men and women of the sea.

Its pres­ence and the ac­tiv­i­ties car­ried out by our naval rep­re­sen­ta­tives greatly con­trib­ute to strengthen our re­la­tions with the coun­tries where we are based, as well as their peo­ple.

As the ship is open to vis­its, the knowl­edge of the lo­cal pop­u­la­tion re­gard­ing Chile is also in­creased.

It was a grat­i­fy­ing oc­ca­sion to re­ceive the Es­mer­alda and her crew once again.

My mis­sion as Chilean Am­bas­sador to the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea was en­hanced by their stay. The al­ready ex­cel­lent re­la­tions be­tween the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea and Chile and the cor­dial ties of friend­ship be­tween their peo­ples were greatly fa­vored by their pres­ence in the beau­ti­ful city of Bu­san.

Yon­hap

The Chilean Navy train­ing ship Es­mer­alda en­ters a berth at the Re­pub­lic of Ko­rea Naval Op­er­a­tions Com­mand in Bu­san, Oct. 4. The ship is on a five-day visit as part of ex­changes be­tween the mil­i­taries of the two coun­tries. The 113-me­ter-long, 13.11-me­ter-wide sail­ing ship has 314 crew mem­bers, in­clud­ing 97 of­fi­cers.

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