Jordanian Ambassador to Seoul Omar Al-Nahar hosted a reception at Lotte Hotel in Seoul on June 10, 2013 on the occasion of its national day “Independence Day,” which falls on May 25.
On May 25, 1946 Jordan gained its independence from the United Kingdom and Jordanians observe this day as their national day.
Hundreds of guests including scores of top foreign envoys were invited to the event of Jordan’s most important public holiday.
Jordan-S. Korean Relations
Jordan has been maintaining amicable bilateral relations with South Korea since they established ties on July 26, 1962.
It opened the ties with North Korea in July of 1974.
Jordan has been supportive of South Korea’s position on the international stage.
South Korean construction companies were very strong in the local Jordanian market during 1970s and 1980s.
King Abdullah II of Jordan visited South Korea in 1999, 2004, and 2008, respectively.
Most recently King Abdullah visited Seoul and held summit talks with then South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak on March 25, 2013. He attended “2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit” held in Seoul.
Jordan’s import of South Korean goods is expected to hit 1.4 billion US dollars in the year 2013, according to the statistics of KOTRA.
Meanwhile, Jordan’s export to South Korea is expected to reach 70 million US dollars.
Over 75 percent of Jordan’s import is automobiles including used cars.
Who Is Ambassador Omar Al-Nahar?
Mr. Omar Al-Nahar is the first Jordanian resident ambassador extraordinary and plenipotentiary to South Korea. He has been serving as the ambassador since he came to Seoul on Oct. 6, 2010.
In the year both Jordan and South Korea marked 48th anniversary of the diplomatic ties.
Previously the Jordanian ambassador to Tokyo was in charge of South Korea.
A big fan of American pop songs at an early age Ambassador Al-Nahar loves Korean pop music as well.
He even set up facilities of karaoke or singing room at his Seoul residence to enjoy singing Korean songs.
Before coming to Seoul he worked as the director of the Peace Process Negotiations Coordination Bureau at Jordan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs from January to October of 2010.
Since June of 2006 he had been serving as director of the Political Department of the Prime Ministry until September of 2007 when he was appointed advisor at the ministry.
In December of 2007 he returned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to serve there as head of Policy Planning & Research.
Between January of 2004 and January of 2006 Mr. Nahar served as the director of the Office the Minister of the Royal Hashemite Court. He was also a member of the Strategy and Programming Committee at the Office of His Majesty King Abdullah II.
He joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in November of 1992 as a career diplomat. Since then he served at the Jordanian Embassy in London for two years from 2000 to 2004.
He served as a spokesperson at the embassy in London and acting director of the Jordan Information Bureau in London.
Before London, Mr. Nahar was in charge of Israel Desk at Cabinet of the Minister of Foreign Affairs (1999 – 2000) and a member of the Peace Process Coordination Bureau at the Ministry.
In December 1994 Mr. Nahar was one of the team members in charge of setting up the embassy in Tel Aviv, where he stayed until 1999.
He was born in Amman, Jordan in 1969.
Mr. Nahar studied at the University of Jordan from 1986 to 1990. He majored in political science and business administration at the university.
Mr. Nahar holds the Jordanian Al Istiklal (Independence) Medal of the First Order, Al Istiklal (Independence) Medal of the Fifth Order, and a British Lieutenant of Victorian Order (LVO) Medal.
He is married with two children.
For details or inquiries call the Jordanian Embassy in Seoul at 318-2898
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