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Simon Bolivar honored in Seoul

Dec. 21, 2023 - 18:54 By Sanjay Kumar
Attendees pose for a group photo at a ceremony commemorating the 193rd anniversary of the death of Simon Bolivar at the Embassy of Venezuela in Jongno-gu, Seoul, on Monday. (Embassy of Venezuela in Seoul)

The Venezuelan Embassy in Seoul held a solemn ceremony commemorating the 193rd death anniversary of Simon Bolivar, a revered figure in South American history, on Monday.

Simon Bolivar, born in 1783 in Caracas, was a Venezuelan military and political leader who is known for his key role in struggles for independence from Spanish rule in Latin America, leading to the independence of Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Panama.

Bolivar died on December 17, 1830.

Delivering remarks at the ceremony, Charge d'Affaires at the Venezuelan Embassy in Seoul Isabel Di Carlo Quero remembered Bolivar not only as a hero to Venezuela but as a revered figure across South America.

She paid tribute to Bolivar's legacy of solidarity, describing him as a pillar of Bolivarian diplomacy, which promotes peace and international cooperation.

"Bolivar was not driven by the purpose of invasion or colonization but by the idea of solidarity, which remains a crucial value of his legacy," stated Di Carlo Quero.

"Bolivar helped liberate," she added.

Venezuelan Charge d'Affaires Isabel Di Carlo Quero delivers remarks at the193rd death anniversary of Simon Bolivar at the Embassy of Venezuela in Jongno-gu, Seoul on Monday .(Embassy of Venezuela in Seoul)

Colombian Ambassador to Korea Alejandro Pelaez Rodriguez noted that in every town in Colombia, there is a Bolivar Square, showing the enduring importance of Bolivar's legacy.

"He was an important figure in Colombian history who freed our country from Spanish rulers at that time," the Colombian ambassador remarked.

Meanwhile, the Bolivian Embassy Charge d’Affaires Luis Pablo Sebastian Ossio-Bustillos also praised Bolivar's visionary leadership and expressed pride in participating in the ceremony.

"He was a person who had a clear vision for the future of the continent," said Ossio-Bustillos.

The event was attended by ambassadors and representatives from South American embassies, members of the diplomatic corps and the media.