FMs pledge to elevate Ethio-Korean ties

Addis Ababa, December 7, 2016 (FBC) -Foreign Ministers (FMs) of Ethiopia and South Korea have pledged to open a new chapter of enhanced cooperation that will elevate the current inclusive relation between the two sisterly nations, with a long history of bilateral relation.

Ethiopia's military support during the Korean War was mentioned during the meeting between the two Foreign Ministers in Addis Ababa, where the visiting South Korea's Foreign Affairs Minister Yun Byung-se said his country appreciates the Ethiopian people all the time for scarifying their lives to the peace and freedom of the country.  

"We build upon that tradition and I continue to work closely with my friend [Dr. Workneh] to elevate this relationship," the Korean official underlined.

He said the exchange of people between the two countries is doubling thanks to the Addis Ababa-Seoul direct flight.

“Even on global agendas, we have a lot of issues to work closely,” Yun stated citing Ethiopia's election to the UN Security Council as a non-permanent member.

According to Foreign Affairs Minister, Dr. Workeneh Gebeyehu, Ethiopia and the Republic of Korea will work closely for global and regional peace and stability alongside socio-economic cooperation.

The two nations will bolster the current inclusive cooperation which is strong and historic, the Ethiopian Minister stated, appreciating South Korea`s continuous support to Ethiopia.

The recent visit of South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye to Ethiopia and the signing of 14 Memorandums of Understanding with a 500-million US dollars loan framework agreements for the years 2016-2018 shown new chapters in the relation between the two countries.

Ethiopia’s diplomatic relation with South Korea dates back to the 1950s during which a number of Ethiopians sacrificed their lives in the Korean War.

Source: ENA

Posted by Amare Asrat