Moon meets Prince Andrew during his visit to S. Korea

Walter Green, May 16, 2019, 9:23 a.m.

President Moon Jae-in met Britain's Prince Andrew at Cheong Wa Dae on Wednesday. The Duke of York, who mostly has a role pushing British business interests, was in Korea to attend the 10th Asian Leadership Conference hosted by the Chosun Ilbo.

Referring to Andrew's visit to the traditional Hahoe Village in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, Moon said, "I hope Andong will become a symbol of bilateral exchange as well as an international tourist town."

The duke reiterated that he was happy to follow in the footsteps of Queen Elizabeth II, who visited the same historic village, which has become a UNESCO world heritage site, some 20 years ago.

Moon also mentioned "Pitch@Palace," a platform Andrew established in 2014 to nurture entrepreneurs and said it shares many attributes of Korea's own start-up support program. The duke co-hosted a start-up competition called Pitch@Palace Korea 1.0 during the conference.

"I hope that many Korean start-ups see successful results at the global competition in London at the end of this year," Moon said, and Andrew pledged to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation among start-ups.

Moon also thanked the U.K. for its sacrifices during the Korean War, and described bilateral ties as "forged in blood." The U.K. military suffered the second-largest number of casualties in the war after the U.S.

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