The Ambassador of the Republic of South Korea to Ghana, His Excellency Woon-Ki Lyeo, says his country is interested in establishing defence and security relations with Ghana. This, he says, is in line with his government’s intention to activate bilateral relations with African countries on defence and security.

Relations between Ghana and South Korea date back 40 years ago with Ghana benefiting from Korean assistance in a number of ways, including military equipment and training support. These relations have yielded positive results on both sides. But this is the first time that both are set to start a new relationship in defence and security cooperation.

Ambassador Woon-Ki made this known when he met with the Minister for Defence, Hon Dominic Nitiwul, at The Square. The Ambassador was at The Square as part of efforts to deepen bilateral relations with Ghana. He has therefore entreated the Defence Minister to indicate areas of interest that will inform the new relations.

The Ambassador informed the Minister of the inability of STX Construction Company to carry out a building project in Ghana due to some anomaly in the agreement and appealed to him to intervene so that the company could undertake the project. He commended Ghana for the peaceful election in December 2016.

Responding, Hon Nitiwul, while regretting the problem mentioned by the Ambassador, acknowledged the long-standing cordial relations between the two countries. He said Ghana appreciated relations with the Republic of Korea and especially Korean government support.  He therefore suggested that since both countries have been friends for some 40 years it was appropriate for them to cement these relations with a joint commemorative monumental project.

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