South Korea expands diplomacy with 48 African nations

President Yoon Suk Yeol shakes hands with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan during their summit at the former's office in Yongsan District, Seoul, Sunday. Courtesy of presidential office

South Korea seeks expanded diplomatic relations with African nations on the occasion of the Korea-Africa Summit, with President Yoon Suk Yeol engaging in bilateral meetings with the heads of states visiting Seoul to attend the event slated for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Yoon had a bilateral summit with Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the presidential office in Seoul, Sunday, and hosted Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed at a dinner meeting later in the day.

It was the first time for a Tanzanian president to visit South Korea since 2006. During the summit, the leaders welcomed the commencement of negotiations for a bilateral Economic Partnership Agreement, and exchanged each other’s commitments for expanding economic partnerships, including South Korean businesses’ participation into Tanzania’s infrastructure projects.

On the occasion of the summit, South Korea and Tanzania signed to a memorandum of understanding on supply chain of key raw minerals.

The meetings followed Yoon’s summit with Sierra Leone President Julius Maada Bio on Friday, during which they agreed to step up partnerships in education, public health and food security, as well as enhance the two countries’ cooperation at the United Nations Security Council.

The meetings were part of Yoon’s plan to have summits with 25 heads of states who are scheduled to visit Seoul on the occasion of the Korea-Africa Summit.

Starting from a welcome banquet on Monday, the Korea-Africa Summit will kick off on Tuesday. With 48 African 토토 countries participating, scheduled on the first day are discussion sessions, a luncheon and Yoon’s joint press conference with African Union Chairperson and Mauritanian President Mohamed Ould Ghazouani.

On Wednesday, South Korea’s Ministry of Trade, Industry and Energy will host the 2024 Korea-Africa Business Summit, and 13 other events on Korea-Africa partnerships will take place during the event’s run.

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