Sobhi heads to Seoul for mil­i­tary, se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion with South Korea

Sobhi’s visit to Seoul comes amid ten­sions in the Korean penin­sula af­ter North Korea’s nu­clear de­vice test

The Daily News Egypt - - Politics -

Egypt’s Min­is­ter of De­fence Gen­eral Sedki Sobhi headed to Seoul on Sun­day, lead­ing a high mil­i­tary del­e­ga­tion in re­sponse for an of­fi­cial in­vi­ta­tion from his South Korean coun­ter­part, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the min­istry of de­fence.

The visit is set to last for sev­eral days, and the two mil­i­tary lead­ers will dis­cuss mil­i­tary and se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two sides, the state­ment read.

Sobhi’s visit to Seoul comes amid ten­sions in the Korean penin­sula a week af­ter the Demo­cratic Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of Korea (North Korea) suc­ces­sively tested a minia­turised hy­dro­gen nu­clear de­vice.

Egypt has ex­pressed its con­cern on over the North Korea’s lat­est hy­dro­gen bomb test, de­scrib­ing it as a threat to re­gional se­cu­rity in East Asia, and dur­ing an emer­gency meet­ing to dis­cuss the North Korean test, Egypt’s per­ma­nent rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the United Na­tions, Amr Aboulatta said that Egypt ex­presses its strong “com­mit­ment to deal­ing swiftly with any threat to the nu­clear non-pro­lif­er­a­tion regime.”

Egypt faces ac­cu­sa­tions of mil­i­tary co­op­er­a­tion with North Korea, Gar­diner Har­ris and De­clan Walsh of the New York Times sug­gest that a key fac­tor in the de­ci­sion of the United States to with­drawal of mil­i­tary and fi­nan­cial aids to Cairo is its on­go­ing re­la­tion­ship with Py­ongyang.

Ac­cord­ing to the Sa­muel Ra­mani of the Diplo­mat, Egypt has mil­i­tary ties with Py­ongyang since the 1970s, when for­mer Egyp­tian Pres­i­dent An­war AlSa­dat au­tho­rized the sale of Soviet-made Scud-B mis­siles to North Korea as a re­ward for its con­tri­bu­tions to Egypt’s 1973 war ef­fort, and Py­ongyang tech­no­log­i­cally as­sisted Egypt’s Scud-B mis­sile pro­duc­tion ef­forts.

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