mercredi 1 février 2012

North Korean leader may meet Egypt's telecom...

North Korea's new leader Kim Jong Un could make his diplomatic debut by meeting the head of an Egyptian company that operates cell phone services in the country.

North Korea's state-run media said on Wednesday that the chairman of Orascom Telecom, Naguib Sawiris, arrived in Pyongyang this week and laid flowers at a mural of late leader Kim Jong Il and his father Kim Il Sung.

Orascom Telecom launched mobile network services in December of 2008 under strict North Korean control. The firm is also building towering hotels in Pyongyang.

Sawiris met Kim Jong Il and was welcomed with an official dinner banquet when he visited Pyongyang in January 2011. Kim Jong Un's guardian and uncle, Jang Song Thaek, was also at the banquet.
Following Kim's succession, the North's leadership is trying to show it can improve the lives of the country's citizens.

There is speculation that Kim Jong Un will meet with Sawiris in order to attract more foreign companies to invest in the country.
(Japan Broadcasting Corporation, 2012-02-02)

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