North Korea Shuts Kampala Embassy, President Museveni Bids Farewell

Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Korea to Uganda, Jong Tong Hak - bids farewell to President Museveni at State House Entebbe on Monday. PHOTO/PPU

Kampala, Uganda | THE BLACK EXAMINER | Following a diplomatic decision, North Korea, which has maintained a longstanding relationship with Uganda dating back to 1971 when it supported General Idi Amin with weapons and training, has closed its embassy in Kampala, according to Chimp Corps reports.

Uganda’s State House confirmed that President Museveni met with outgoing Korean Ambassador Jong Tong Hak during a courtesy call at State House Entebbe. The President bid farewell to Ambassador Jong and commended his service in Uganda.

Ambassador Jong informed the President that North Korea is strategically reducing the number of its embassies in Africa, including Uganda, to enhance the efficiency of its external institutions, as stated by State House.

This development comes shortly after Norway’s announcement of its embassy closure in Kampala by the end of July 2024, citing administrative assessments regarding the allocation of foreign service resources. Norway assured that development cooperation with Uganda would continue.

The move highlights evolving foreign policies and priorities among foreign missions in Africa.

Despite the embassy closure, Ambassador Jong assured President Museveni that bilateral relations between Uganda and North Korea would persist through Malabo, Equatorial Guinea.

The Ambassador expressed deep commitment to strengthening and developing the friendship between the two nations, recognizing President Museveni’s consistent support for Korean government efforts to achieve a harmonious unification of the Korean Peninsula.

Uganda has a historically strong alliance with North Korea, with President Museveni having learned basic Korean from Kim Il Sung during visits to North Korea. North Korea has provided various forms of training and support to Uganda, including during General Idi Amin’s regime.

Over the years, the North Korean embassy in Kampala played a pivotal role in facilitating the flow of weapons into Uganda through the Korea Mining and Development Trading Corporation (KOMID).

South Korean President Park Geun-hye visited Uganda in 2016, leading to increased cooperation between South Korea and Uganda, ultimately replacing North Korea with China for military training.

The evolving dynamics in the region reflect a complex history of diplomatic relations and shifting allegiances.

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Busiinge Aggrey
Busiinge Aggrey
Business Aggrey" is a 23-year-old Ugandan journalist and Editor-in-Chief at The Black Examiner newspaper