The Outgoing Ambassador of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) to Uganda, H.E Jong Tong Hak has assured President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni that the closure of its embassy in Uganda will not affect the bilateral relations between the two countries.
H.E Jong Tong Hak made the comments in a meeting with President Museveni at State House Entebbe where Museveni bid farewell to him further commending him for the job well done during his time of service in Uganda.
Ambassador Jong informed the President that North Korea has taken a strategic measure to reduce the number of embassies in Africa, Uganda inclusive in order to increase efficiency of the country’s external institutions further noting that the bilateral relations between the two countries will continue to thrive.
“Our connections will be continued through Malabo- Equatorial Guinea. Our Ambassador will soon present his credentials to you, Your Excellency,” H.E Jong said.
“Our physical absence cannot block our hearts, minds and souls. Our good friendship will continue and will be further strengthened and developed. I convey this commitment from my government. Your Excellency, I have lived in Kampala for many years. I love Uganda and its people. I was the Deputy Ambassador for four years from 2009 to 2013 and became the full Ambassador from 2017 to date,” he added.
The Ambassador also hailed President Museveni for consistently supporting the Korean government in enforcing its peaceful efforts to realize a harmonious unification of the Korean Peninsula.
“Although the Korean Peninsula situation is still intense, our government is trying to stabilize the situation. That is why it continues to build up its strength to protect its territory and people,” he said.
“My government still vividly remembers your famous speech at the UN General Assembly in 2017 which you made before the world as you expressed your gratitude to our government, North Korea, such a speech made us happy, and we are grateful.”