Seoul and Cairo have excellent relations: South Korean ambassador

Ahram Online , Thursday 9 Feb 2023

Ambassador of South Korea to Egypt Jin-Wook Hong delivered a lecture during his visit to the Diplomatic Studies Institute of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday on the future of the Korean-Egyptian relations.

Ambassador of South Korea Jin-Wook Hong gives a lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Ambassador of South Korea Jin-Wook Hong gives a lecture at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs


 He addressed the new diplomatic attachés who joined the ministry last December. 

Ambassador Walid Hagag, Director of the Diplomatic Studies Institute and his students welcomed the Korean ambassador’s visit to the institute. They expressed their appreciation of the special lecture which provided the new diplomats with an opportunity to deepen their understanding of public diplomacy and the bilateral relations between South Korea and Egypt.


Ambassador Hong introduced the bilateral relations between South Korea and Egypt and shared recent developments in the relations in the framework of the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership which the two countries adopted during President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi’s visit to Seoul in 2016. The ambassador also reviewed the situation in the Korean Peninsula and East Asia.

He pointed out that both Seoul and Cairo "are enjoying excellent relations," citing as proof what he described as "several win-win projects such as co-manufactures of K9 self-propelled howitzer, Cairo Metro rolling stocks in Egypt, Korea’s participation in El-Dabaa Nuclear Power plant project, and the joint airshow of Korean and Egyptian air forces over the Giza Pyramids".  

The ambassador highlighted that inter-governmental relations between the two countries are at their best, citing the exchange of high-level visits and the communication between the leadership in both countries. He made special reference to President Moon’s visit to Egypt in January 2022 and the telephone conversation between the new President of South Korea, President Yoon, and his Egyptian counterpart in October 2022. 

But he said that "we need the support from the people of both countries to make these excellent relations more sustainable".

In this context, he focused on the importance of  public diplomacy and shared the embassy's public diplomacy activities which aim to enhance the mutual understanding between South Korea and Egypt. 

Finally, he stressed that there is still a way to go and hoped that the new diplomatic attaches will play a crucial role in further improving bilateral relations.

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