The Korean government has announced that it will open an Embassy in Zambia in 2024 to enhance diplomatic cooperation between the two countries.
Korea reportedly plans to establish new diplomatic missions in 12 countries next year in an effort to expand its diplomatic capabilities and functions.
This is according to a statement issued by the First Secretary for Tourism at the Zambian Embassy in Korea, Zondi Chilembo on Wednesday.
She said this had been revealed by that country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
Chilembo said the 12 countries are the Marshall Islands in the central Pacific Ocean, Botswana, Sierra Leone and Zambia in Africa, Suriname and Jamaica in Central and South America, Estonia and Luxembourg.
She identified others as Lithuania and Slovenia in Europe; and Armenia and Georgia in Southwest Asia.
“Out of 12 embassies to be established, eight countries will have new Korean embassies opened in accordance with the principle of reciprocity as they already have their embassies in Seoul,” Chilembo said.
She said Jamaica and Georgia, which had existing consulates would be upgraded to embassies, while Botswana and Suriname would have new consulates established.
Chilemo said this development, followed an appeal made by Zambia’s Ambassador to Korea, Andrew Banda, during the presentation of his letters of credence to President Yoon Suk Yeol to open a Korean Embassy in Zambia.
“The opening of the diplomatic mission in Zambia is a clear demonstration of the Republic of Korea’s government determination to expand cooperation and exchanges with Zambia,” she said.
Commenting on the development, Banda said the development was testament of the confidence the Republic of Korea had in the leadership of President Hakainde Hichilema.
He said the opening of the Korean Embassy in Zambia would boost trade in line with President Hakainde Hichilema’s drive for economic diplomacy.
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