Ambassador Rodolfo Solano Quiros of Costa Rica in Seoul hosted an informal, friendly dinner for his close friends (ambassadors, diplomats and Korean friends) at the Oak Room Restaurant of the Millennium Seoul Hilton in Seoul on June 28, 2019.
It was a very cozy, friendly dinner cum a lot of beer at the Millennium Seoul Hilton and the guests, mostly close friends of Ambassador Solano Quiros.
Ambassador Solano Quiros had truly good news that evening, which, however, was not announced. According to his friends, he was returning to Cost Rica for a new assignment on promotion to a higher position at the Foreign Ministry.
The Korea Post, publisher of 3 English and 2 Korean media outlets, had a brief interview
with Ambassador Solano Quiros.
The questions and answers follow:
Question: Where is your new assignment?
Answer: Well, I was honored by my new vice minister of public works and transportation. I am going to be in charge of the strategic management of the Ministry. I am so excited for my new position and I will try to do my best, especially to strengthen the relationship with Korea and Costa Rica.
Q: While in Korea, which Korean Presidents did you like best?
A: While in Korea, I had the honor and privilege of meeting with the Presidents of the Republic of Korea on a number of occasions. I met with former President Kim Dae-jung, and the memory of the meeting with him stays in my heart at all times.
I also met with President Roh Moo-hyun, who visited Costa Rica. With President Roh Moo-hyun, I remember him as a wonderful person and I really felt comfortable with him. President Lee Myung-bak honored me with an honorary citizenship in Seoul. And also I had an opportunity to meet with President Park Guen-hye. And, of course, I also had the honor to meeting with incumbent President Moon Jae-in.
I cannot say that I like a specific President in Korea. To me, all the Presidents I have met were very great and respectable persons. They are all wonderful persons.