South Korea’s navy chief visits the Philippines, ‘reaffirming’ bilateral ties


Posted at Nov 30 2019 05:15 PM

Admiral Sim Seung-Seob, South Korea's navy chief, meets Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, flag-officer in command of the Philippine Navy, during a courtesy call in Manila on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019. Courtesy of Philippine Navy website

MANILA—South Korea's navy chief arrived in the country Saturday for a two-day official visit, according to the Philippine Navy.

Admiral Sim Seung-Seob was welcomed with arrival honors at the Navy headquarters in Manila before he paid a courtesy call to his Filipino counterpart, Vice Admiral Robert Empedrad, flag-officer in command.

The Korean official expressed his appreciation to the Navy's effort of maintaining a good relationship with South Korean Navy. His visit, he said, was “an opportunity to further enhance the relationship between the two Navies.”

Sim took part in official activities, such as a wreath-laying ceremony at the Korean War Memorial at Libingan ng mga Bayani. He also paid a courtesy call South Korea's top envoy in Manila, Han Dong-Man.

In a statement, the Philippine Navy said Sim's visit was a "reaffirmation" of the "already strong ties" between the country and South Korea.