Leaders of S. Korea, Egypt vow efforts to develop ties
NEW YORK, The leaders of South Korea and Egypt agreed Wednesday to further improve the countries' ties while expanding their bilateral cooperation to the defense industry.
In a bilateral summit held on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi agreed that the countries' bilateral ties have improved since they established a comprehensive cooperative partnership in 2016.
"The two leaders agreed to further develop the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two countries by expanding the area of their cooperation from trade, investment and cultural exchange to the defense industry while continuing their high-level exchange and regular policy coordination meetings," Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said in a press release.
President Moon asked his Egyptian counterpart to take a special interest in Seoul's move to export its K-9 howitzers and naval warships to Egypt.
He also asked for Egypt's continued support for his country's efforts to denuclearize North Korea.
The Moon-Sisi summit came less than a week after the South Korean president traveled to the North for his third bilateral summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, in which Kim agreed to take additional denuclearization steps and never to use military force against the South in what many believe to be a de facto non-aggression pact.
Sisi highly praised the South Korean government's efforts to establish peace on the Korean Peninsula, which he said have led to positive changes in conditions, Cheong Wa Dae said.
The Moon-Sisi summit marked the first of its kind since Moon took office in May 2017.
The South Korea president will head back home later in the day after addressing the United Nations General Assembly.
Source: Yonhap News Agency