South Korea, Poland Establish Formal Diplomatic Ties
SEOUL, South Korea (AP) _ Poland today became the second Warsaw Pact country to establish formal diplomatic relations with South Korea, the Foreign Ministry announced.
Seoul established ties with Hungary in February.
It addition to signing an accord today restoring diplomatic relations, Polish and South Korean officials also signed a trade and investment agreement.
The Foreign Ministry said in an announcement that diplomatic relations between the two countries are expected to ″contribute to the ongoing processes of democratization and economic restructuring in Poland.″
The Seoul government, seeking to enhance its international standing and develop markets abroad, has been trying to improve relations with China, the Soviet Union and other countries that have formal ties with North Korea.
The announcement said both South Korea and Poland ″are confident that the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two nations will contribute greatly not only to the develoipment of friendly and cooperative bilateral ties but also to easing tension on the Korean Peninsula and promoting world peace.″
It added that the development was ″expected to have a favorable effect on efforts to establish similar relations with other socialist countries which still do not have formal relations with this country.″