South Korean Defence Minister Suh Wook with Egyptian Ambassador to South Korea Hazem Fahmy during their meeting in the Egyptian embassy in Seoul, South korea on Saturday 29, August, 2021. Photo courtesy of Egyptian Foreign ministry Facebook page
South Korean Minisrter of National Defense Suh Wook highlighted on Saturday the significant progress in relations with Egypt since President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to Seoul in 2016.
His remarks came in a meeting with Egyptian Ambassador to South Korea Hazem Fahmy, the Egyptian foreign ministry said in a statement.
Wook said Sisi’s visit in 2016 has upgraded the relations between the two countries to the level of comprehensive strategic partnership, the statement read.
The minister revealed that the South Korean side is keen that President Moon Jae-in makes a visit to Cairo early in 2022.
Wook, during the meeting, mentioned the South Korean government’s decision earlier this year to choose Egypt as one of South Korea’s official development assistance (ODA) countries.
The South Korean government announced last May that Egypt will be ODA priority partner country and the key development partner in the MENA region over the coming five years (2021-2025).
The announcement came during a meeting between Egypt’s Minister of International Cooperation Rania Al-Mashat and South Korean Ambassador to Cairo Hong Jin-wook.
During the meeting, they reviewed the status of ongoing ODA grants, worth $2.7 million including $1.9 million for newly implemented projects in 2021.
This includes the master plan for the modernisation of urban transportation in Alexandria and the waste management in Greater Cairo project.