Even though Vietnam shunned President Shimon Peres after the recent flotilla incident, on Wednesday the Israeli President received a warm welcome in South Korea, and even met a local robot.
During a visit to KAIST Science Park, Peres was received by a special robot called HUBO, who greeted the president with a handshake, and even handed him flowers.
The president did not miss out on the opportunity and invited the robot to make Aliyah to Israel, promising it would even get upgraded there. Later, the president was invited for a ride on the Korean electric bus.
'You should come, we have great hummus' (Photo: Reuters)
During a round of interviews with the Korean press, Peres criticized the reception accorded to Iranian President Ahmadinejad's during his visit to the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA) held in Istanbul.
"I am ashamed by the way a leader who calls for the destruction of a nation and is overtly developing weapons of mass destruction was welcomed," Peres said.
President Peres' visit to South Korea will focus on developing economic ties and advancing sanctions on Iran. On Thursday, Peres will meet with his South Korean counterpart Lee Myung-bak and other top government officials.