Egypt welcomes historic two Koreas summit, expresses hope for denuclearisation of peninsula

Ahram Online , Saturday 28 Apr 2018

Sameh Shoukry
File Photo: Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt has welcomed the historic summit that took place on Friday between the leaders of South Korea and North Korea, describing the results as an important step to end tensions, achieve peace and attain the denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula. 

In an official statement, Egypt's foreign ministry stressed the importance of continued positive dialogue between the two countries and cooperation on boosting confidence building and achieving peace and development in the interests of the nations of the peninsula.

"Having a nuclear weapon-free world will remain one of the most important interlocutors in Egypt's foreign policy. Egypt supports all international efforts to accomplish this noble cause," the statement concluded, stressing the necessity of such efforts to fulfil the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).

The Egyptian statement comes one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in the demilitarised zone between the countries, in the first summit between the two Korean leaders in over a decade.

Kim and Moon pledged to work toward the "complete denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula," and to seek to declare an official end to the 1950s Korean War and establish a permanent peace agreement.

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