Seoul Mayor Park Won-soon will tour Eurasia for the first time since his appointment from June 26 until July 4. The mayor will tour three cities in Russia (▴Moscow, ▴ Ulyanovsk and ▴Saint Petersburg) as well as Tashkent, Uzbekistan (Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan, worded weirdly) over 9 days. Through the visit to Eurasia, Mayor Park will extend the scope of Seoul’s city diplomacy one step further and contribute to the strategic mutual development between Korea and Russia as well as Korea and Uzbekistan through a practical city diplomatic policy of sharing outstanding policies, etc.
At the first city Moscow, Mayor Park will give a keynote speech under the title of ‘Korea-Russia Relationship in the Era of Peaceful Economy in Northeast Asia’ through the invitation of the global think-tank RIAC (Russian International Affairs Council). He will then meet up with Mayor Sobyanin Sergey of Moscow, a sister city of Seoul for over the past 26 years, to sign an agreement that will upgrade the sister city relationship agenda in the areas of climate change response, pedestrian-friendly city and e-Government.
At Ulyanovsk, Mayor Park will attend the fourth WeGo General Assembly (June 27 – 30) as the chairman where 350 representatives from over 110 cities will participate between June 28 and 29 to preside over the meeting and lead the voting on eight major agenda items such as selecting the next chair city and the host of the next general assembly.
Lastly, Mayor Park will visit Tashkent, the capital of Uzbekistan. Tashkent was a friendship city in 2006 and was upgraded into a sister city in 2010. This is the first time that a Mayor of Seoul has visited the city.
Mayor Park said, “In line with the various changes in the government’s diplomatic policies, Seoul will seek strategic mutual development and contribute to the peace and prosperity in Northeast Asia through practical city diplomacy that resolves the common problems faced by cities all around the world.”