SEOUL - South Korea's Foreign Minister Park Jin pledged on Thursday that the country will contribute to resolving the escalating conflict between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas.
According to a new release by the Yonhap News Agency, the commitment comes in the wake of President Yoon Suk Yeol's state visits to Saudi Arabia and Qatar earlier this week.
The ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict was discussed in detail during Yoon's summit talks with leaders from Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Park noted that these discussions underscore the trust that Middle Eastern nations place in South Korea's role in the region.
Speaking on Yonhap News TV, Park emphasized the significance of South Korea's offer to provide humanitarian assistance and support peace initiatives in the Middle East. "South Korea will continue to fulfill its role and responsibility to resolve the dispute and conflict in the region," said Park.
President Yoon returned from a five-day visit to Saudi Arabia and Qatar, where he engaged in summit talks focused on expanding opportunities for South Korean businesses in the Middle East. In a joint statement following the talks with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, both nations agreed to work with the international community to deliver "prompt and immediate" humanitarian aid to civilians impacted by the conflict.
Park expressed the South Korean government's concern over growing political instability in the Middle East and its implications for South Korea's economy and security. "The government is very concerned about the growing political instability in the Middle East due to the armed conflict, and we're closely monitoring the situation," Park noted.
The Foreign Ministry also stated that approximately 450 South Korean nationals currently in Israel are in constant communication with the government in Seoul to ensure their safety.