S. Korea, Egypt vow ties on N. Korea, defense industry

By Yonhap
  • Published : Sept 11, 2017 - 18:11
  • Updated : Sept 11, 2017 - 18:11
The defense ministers of South Korea and Egypt agreed Monday to deepen the partnership between their countries on North Korea and arms development, Seoul's ministry said.

In talks with his South Korean counterpart Song Young-moo here, Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhi stressed that his country has already severed all military ties with North Korea, according to the ministry.

He was quoted as telling Song that Egypt will actively cooperate with South Korea against North Korean acts that threaten peace and stability in the international community.
South Korea`s Vice Defense Minister Hwang In-moo (L) shakes hands with Egyptian Defense Minister Sedki Sobhy in Cairo on March 28, 2017, after signing a memorandum of understanding on bilateral defense cooperation. Hwang and other senior South Korean officials have been visiting Africa as Seoul tries to weaken North Korea`s military ties with African nations. (Photo courtesy of South Korea`s defense ministry) (Yonhap)

Egypt is serving as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council.

The minister was responding to Song's request for Egypt to join efforts to toughen sanctions on the North for its recent ballistic missile and nuclear tests. It marked their first meeting.

The two sides also agreed to expand bilateral cooperation in the defense industry.

Sobhi, in particular, took note of the high quality of South Korea-made weapons and other defense products.

As part of efforts to improve cooperation, Egypt plans to open a "defense attache office" in Seoul next month, he added.

He arrived here on the weekend for a five-day visit as a follow-up to the memorandum of understanding on defense cooperation between South Korea and Egypt, which was signed in March. (Yonhap)