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Bilateral Relations

Egypt and South Korea

Friday، 05 May 2023 - 03:11 AM

Egypt–South Korean relations are foreign relations between Egypt and South Korea. Both countries established diplomatic relations on April 13, 1995. Egypt has an embassy in Seoul and South Korea has an embassy in Cairo.

17 years since the exchange of Diplomatic relations, it is clear that both countries share excellent relations in all possible spheres of interaction, and post revolution Egypt for sure has a lot to learn and gain from the Korean side.

Political Relations

On 19/6/2014, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi received from the President of South Korea a congratulatory cable for assuming his new post as the president of Egypt.

During the visit of the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Egypt to Seoul in March 2012, to chair Egypt's participation in the Nuclear Security Summit, bilateral meetings were arranged to pave the way for the direct engagement of the competent authorities in both countries to share the Korean example for education and vocational training, as well as in other fields of interest for further cementing of relations between Egypt and South Korea.

Since the Republic of Korea officially became a donor country, Egypt has been the leading African recipient of official Korean Development Assistance, especially in the form of technical assistance for capacity building and human development. Egypt appreciates receiving this assistance, and is keen to maintain its position as the leading African recipient of Korean aid, with the view to diversify the beneficiary sectors to assist in the post-revolutionary Egypt planning, and in line with the commitments agreed during the Fourth High Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness which was held in Busan in November/December 2011.

Likewise, Egypt encourages the Korean government to formulate three-way partnerships in aid assistance to other needy Arab, African and Islamic countries. Egypt maintains such successful programs with other donor countries, and is hopeful to cooperate in such manner with the Republic of Korea for the benefit of third countries in need of foreign assistance, and where understanding and catering for social and religious structures might be of special emphasis.

Mutual Visits

On 23/11/2015, Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukri visted South Korea and met head of the South Korean National Assembly's Foreign Affairs and Unification Committee Na Kyung-won. The meeting took up means of boosting Egyptian-South Korean relations.

On 23/11/2014, President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi received South Korean Prime Minister Jung Hong-won at the presidency. The South Korean official conveyed greetings from his president to Sisi, saying he hopes Sisi will accept an invitation to visit South Korea next year on the occasion marking the 20th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries.

On 23/11/2014, former Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab had talks with his visiting South Korean counterpart Jung Hong-won. South Korea is keen to attend the economic conference Egypt is holding in March, Jung said during the meeting with Mahlab.

On 17/12/2013, Foreign Minister Nabil Fahmi held talks with his South Korean counterpart Yun Byung on means of bolstering bilateral relations in all fields. Some regional and international issues were also discussed during the meeting. Fahmi attended the signing ceremony of an agreement to establish a petrochemical complex in Ain Sukhna at $4.8 billion cost. The complex is expected to provide 50,000 job opportunities. The complex will be carried out by international consortium led by the Korean Company "SK", and will produce Ethylene and Polythene. Fahmi emphasized the importance of the role played by the Korean Export Bank in supporting the Korean investments in Egypt.

Economic Relations

Egypt offers to Korea a source for raw materials and energy that are needed to fuel its Economic growth, as well as a consumers’ market of 90 million Egyptians, reaching up to more than a billion consumers in Africa, Europe and the Middle East when thinking of Egypt as a gateway to those markets while benefiting from the free trade agreements Egypt maintains with the latter sides.

Looking back at its own relatively recent democratic transformation and economic development, the Republic of Korea is one of the most suited countries to understand the current position and aspirations of Egypt and Egyptians. In Cairo, the Korean example is amongst the first models of development that are being studied to make use of this experience where and when applicable in the Egyptian case. This scrutiny in the Korean model led to the belief that education and vocational training should be at the focus of social restructuring.

Cultural Relations

The official aspects of the relationship between Egypt and South Korea, cultural cooperation and exchange is of great importance, and in the Egyptian Embassy in Seoul we try to make it a pivotal point of focus, mindful that the Korean public at large has much enthusiasm to learn of and explore the Egyptian culture. By this understanding we maximize participation in all official cultural exchanges hosted in Korea.

It is also worth noting that a recent approval has been granted to establish a Korean cultural center in Cairo to promote its rich culture to the People of Egypt, and perhaps at a later stage, a similar Egyptian specialized center can be opened in Seoul. Until then, the Embassy invites the Korean audience to enjoy the taste of Egyptian culture in the annual events such as the Hi-Seoul, the Seongbok festival, and the Korean Arab Society World Travel Fair.

Furthermore, this year in the Egyptian booth in Yeosu Expo, one of Egypt’s top traditional dance troupes will perform during celebration of the Egyptian National day at the Expo, and all Koreans are welcome to share this moment of celebration and enjoy a taste of Egyptian folklore.

Tourism Relations

Egypt welcomes dearly all Koreans traveling to Egypt to enjoy its multi-faceted tourist attractions, and remain confident that over the coming years the number of Korean tourists to Egypt can exponentially increase.

Educational Relations

Much to the pride of the Embassy, more and more Egyptian students are coming to Korea in scholarships or direct application in pursuit of post graduate studies to benefit from the well-founded universities and educational institutions. The Embassy encourages such exchange of students as it is viewed also as a means to bridge and connect the peoples at both ends, allowing for the sharing and understanding of each other’s values and traditions. We have a deep belief that people-to-people connections are the basis of healthy and fruitful country to country relations.

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