South Korean Ambassador to Ghana Lim Junk-Taek stressed the need to strengthen bilateral relations between his country and Ghana to contribute to South Korea’s further development.
He said the South Korean government has designated Ghana as a priority in development cooperation, and his country has already undertaken many development cooperation projects and will continue to provide support.
During a courtesy visit to the National Chief Imam, Sheikh Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the Ambassador said that although he was sent less than two years ago, he had identified many similarities between the people of Ghana and Korea that needed to be exploited and strengthened.
“Koreans are peace-loving and family-oriented, while Korea is a democratic market-oriented country, and these traits are also very strong in Ghana,” he said.
The visit to the Chief Imam was aimed at deepening bilateral relations between Korea and the Muslim community in Ghana.
The envoy explained that while he was determined to further develop Ghana-South Korea relations during his tenure, he also wanted to build stronger ties between his country and the Muslim community in Ghana.
Mr. Lim, accompanied by senior officials from the South Korean embassy, gave a presentation to the office of the national chief imam, which included an undisclosed sum of money.
Mr Lim said his country wanted to see the development of Ghana, as reflected in the lives of ordinary Ghanaians, “so that they can stand on their feet”.
He said that just as South Korea had succeeded, it was Ghana’s desire to learn from the Korean experience to help in its development process.
“Every year, we invite government officials and students to Korea to give them the opportunity to learn about Korea’s development, history, high technology, and more,” the ambassador added.
Welcoming the South Korean delegation, Sheikh Sharubutu expressed his gratitude for the ambassador’s gesture to foster a relationship with the Muslim community, adding that he was impressed with the embassy’s commitment in the field of education and energy.
He hopes that strengthening ties based on shared values will make countries more united and more prosperous.
Speaking through his spokesperson, Sheikh Aremiyaw Shaibu, the Chief Imam reassured the Ambassador and his delegation of his unwavering support.
“You can call if you want the chief imam’s help in any way; we will be ready to help you. Likewise, I want you to be helpful in any way, I will contact you because of the mutual relationship that has been established,” he said.
The Chief Imam prayed for the Ambassador and his delegation, emphasizing, “It is our wish and our prayer to God that he energizes and gives you the opportunity to do more for the mutual benefit of our countries.”
The executive director of A Better Community for All, a non-governmental organization, Yasin Billy, who was part of the meeting, described the visit of the South Korean ambassador as a step in the right direction, as it aimed to promote a harmonious relationship between the Chief Imam’s office and the Korean Embassy.
He pointed out that the Chief Imam was a philanthropist, a peace-loving and a tolerant leader who embraced the opinions of others and urged the two offices to strengthen the bond of friendship now established for the benefit of their countries.