Egyptian Amb. Khaled Abdel Rahman, third from left, welcomes guests during the reception to mark the country’s 71st Republic Day at the Army Club in Seoul late last week. Photo by Yeo Hong-il/Korea News Plus

Egyptian diplomat vows to put forth efforts for closer ties with Korea

Egyptian Amb. Khaled Abdel Rahman in Seoul praised the partnership between his country and South Korea during the diplomatic reception to mark the 71st Republic Day of Egypt held at Army Club late last week.

He noted that the two countries were creating opportunities for their people through joint ventures, investment, and knowledge sharing, to name just a few.

Touching upon the Egypt-Korea economies and their development relations, Rahman said Egypt was designated as a priority country of Official Development Assistance (ODA) by Korea from 2021 until 2025.

He added that the joint goals are to facilitate the prosperity of Egypt people by focusing on major areas such as education and transportation infra.

Regarding the trade scale of the two nations, the amount topped $3 billion last year, according to Korea’s state-backed agency KOTRA.

In conjunction with such statistics, the two countries have shown cooperation of unprecedented level in terms of infra project implementation field in such areas as defense, according to the diplomat.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade said that the Korean government plans to strengthen future-oriented partnerships with Africa for win-win strategies by hosting Korea-African Summit in 2024.

Deputy Minister Park Yong-min of the ministry made the point while speaking as a representative of the Korean government to mark the Egyptian National Day 2023.

By hosting COP27 successfully last year, Egypt demonstrated that the country has been playing an important role in maintaining regional peace and solving worldwide tasks for a long time.

The Egyptian Revolution Day is a public holiday in Egypt on July 23, the anniversary of the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, which led to the declaration of the modern republic of Egypt.

It is the biggest secular public holiday in Egypt and is considered the National Day of Egypt.

Yeo studied German in Seoul. He has worked as a journalist for the past 40 years. He has mostly covered diplomacy, foreign schools, regional festivals, culture and other areas. He can be reached at or 82-2-6956-6698.