Retired Army General Choi Byung-hyuk Appointed South Korea’s Ambassador to Saudi Arabia

SEOUL — South Korea announced new ambassadorial appointments to nine countries, including Saudi Arabia, Sweden, and Singapore, along with the new consul-general to Hamburg, Germany, as part of a routine diplomatic reshuffle, the foreign ministry confirmed on Thursday.

According to Yonhap News Agency, Choi Byung-hyuk, a retired Army general and former deputy commander of the South Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command, has been named the ambassador to Saudi Arabia. Other key appointments include Kim Jin-hyung, former commander of the Naval Logistics Command, as ambassador to Fiji, and Yang Dong-han, former deputy ambassador to the OECD, as the new ambassador to South Africa.

Jang Je-hak, Lee Hyung-jong, Hong Jin-wook, Shim Jae-hyun, Jung Kang, and Jeong Hong-geun have also been appointed to ambassadorial positions in Libya, Sweden, Singapore, Ecuador, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of Congo, respectively. The reshuffle also includes the reassignment of Lee Sang-soo, currently ambassador to Libya, as consul-general in Hamburg.

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