Egyptian Ambassador to Korea Hany Selim delivers a speech during the 62nd Egyptian National Day event at the embassy in Seoul, Monday. / Korea Times
By Kang Hyun-kyung
The Korean government will open a cultural center in Egypt this year which will be the first of its kind in the Middle Eastern region.
On Monday, Choi Sung-joo, ambassador for international security affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said the scheduled opening of the Korean Cultural Center in Cairo is a symbolic gesture showing the government's willingness to work more closely with the new Egyptian government.
He made his remarks during the 62nd National Day of Egypt at the Egyptian Embassy in Seoul.
Choi called the two nations "friends indeed," after referring to the expansion of investment by Korean conglomerates Samsung and LG in Egypt during the recent turbulent political period in the country.
"We are ready to continue to cooperate with the new Egyptian government and one of the symbolic examples is the opening of the first Korean cultural center in Egypt within this year," he said.
Korea was prepared to open the Korean Cultural Center in June but the opening was delayed to later this year due to "technical reasons."
Currently 27 Korean cultural centers are operating around the world. They provide information about the country, K-Pop and Korean language programs to local people.
Egyptian Ambassador to Korea Hany Selim expressed his government's eagerness to work more with Korea as a new Egyptian leader took office.
"A few weeks ago, the Egyptian people not only democratically elected a new president but also accomplished a major phase in the building of a new Egypt," he said during his speech.
Former military chief Abdel Fattah el-Sisi was sworn in as new leader of Egypt earlier this month.