The Republic of Korea’s new ambassador Hong Jin-wook, appointed by President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in last June, arrived in Egypt on 3 July upon the reopening of Cairo international airport.
He will assume his full responsibilities as Chief of Mission in earnest after a two-week home quarantine period in accordance with the Egyptian government’s COVID-19 precautionary measures.
Having led the African and Middle Eastern Bureau of the Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Deputy Director General and Director General in succession for three years, Mr. Hong recognises the importance of Egypt as Korea’s comprehensive cooperative partner.
He has witnessed the most recent developments in the two countries’ bilateral relations, such as the successful holding of the summit meeting between President Moon and President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on the sideline of the UN General Assembly in 2018 and the tele-summit meeting on 5 March this year.
“Korean people have deep affection and respect for ancient Egyptian civilisation, well represented by the pyramids and Sphinx, and I am no exception. Moreover, Egypt, with its strategic geography as a hub country between Africa, Asia and Europe, is playing an important role in maintaining peace and stability in the region. I am so proud of being appointed as the Korean ambassador to this glorious country of great significance, especially this year marking the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Korea and Egypt.”
“As an old Korean saying goes ‘After the rain, earth gets solid,’ my sincere wish is that people of both countries will overcome the current pandemic crisis through joint efforts as early as possible so that we can continue to further deepen our relationships in various fields. I will also do my best to step up efforts to boost people-to-people exchanges between our great countries,” Mr. Hong said.
Born on 26 June 1966, Hong is married with one son and one daughter.
In 1988, he received his B.A. in Economics from Seoul National University, and in 1990, he obtained his M.A. in Economics from Yonsei University. In 1998, he obtained a Master’s of Pacific International Affairs, University of California.
The highlights of his diplomatic career include occupying the post of Second Secretary at the Korean Embassy in the Republic of Kenya in 2000, as well as first Secretary in the Kingdom of Belgium and Korean Mission to the European Union. In 2007, he was a counsellor at the Korean Embassy in New Zealand and Assistant Secretary in the office of the president in 2011.