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Orascom Telecom Chief Visits DPRK

Orascom Telecom head Naguib Sawiris (L) shakes hands with Ri Kwang Gun (R), chairman of the DPRK Joint Venture and Investment Commission, after his arrival in the country on 1 February 2012. Seen at the far left behind Sawiris is Ri Chol, former DPRK Ambassador to Switzerland. (Photo: KCNA)

Naguib Sawiris, head of Orascom Telecom, visited the DPRK.  Sawiris arrived on 1 February (Wednesday).  His public activities included delivering a floral basket to a Kim Il Sung-Kim Jong Il mural at the Korea Computer Center [KCC] and a meeting with Supreme People’s Assembly [SPA] Presidium President Kim Yong Nam.  Sawiris also presented an undisclosed gift to one of Kim Jong Un’s aides.  Sawiris visited the DPRK during January 2011.  His meeting and dinner with Kim Jong Il, reported on 24 January that year, was also the first reported public appearance in 2011 of Jang Song Taek.  Sawiris most recent visit to Pyongyang occurred as Orascom reported that the number of subscribers to its DPRK-based KoryoLink mobile ‘phone network recently passed 1 million.

Naguib Sawiris meets with SPA Presidium President Kim Yong Nam on 2 February 2012 (Photo: KCNA)

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