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Cho Hee-Yong, South Korea's ambassador to Canada, will recognize P.E.I. veterans of the Korean War. (CBC)

South Korea's ambassador to Canada is on P.E.I. to honour Islanders who fought in the Korean War.

Cho Hee-Yong will meet with Premier Robert Ghiz Friday morning before heading to the Charlottetown Legion where he will award Ambassador for Peace medals to veterans of the Korean War.

It is estimated as many as 100 men from P.E.I. fought in the Korean War, eight did not return home.

This year marks 60 years since the conflict ended and 50 years of diplomatic ties between South Korea and Canada.

The occasion is the perfect chance to strengthen the two countries' economic, cultural and military ties, especially when dealing with North Korea, said Cho.

"I think that now is the time to further develop the current special partnership into a more constructive and strategic partnership in the days to come. Since the Korean War, Canada has fully supported our policy in dealing with North Korea," said Cho.

Cho will head to New Brunswick Saturday to recognize Korean War veterans in that province.