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DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait Makes Farewell Visits

Outgoing DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait Ho Jong (L) talks with Kuwait’s Amir, Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah (R) at Sief Palace on 25 November 2012 (Photo: Al Diwan Al Amiri of Kuwait State)

Outgoing DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait Ho Jong (who is also nonresident ambassador in Bahrain) paid farewell visits to Kuwait’s Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Kuwait’s Prime Minister Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah at Sief Palace on 25 November (Sunday).  Ho’s meetings with the Amir was attended by Deputy Minister of  Amiri Diwan Affairs Sheikh Ali Jarrah Al-Sabah and his meeting with the prime minister was attended by Undersecretary of the Diwan of the Prime Minister Sheikh Khaled Mohammad Al-Khaled Al-Sabah.

A veteran of the US-DPRK nuclear negotiations in the 1990s and former minister and deputy ambassador to the United Nations, Ho Jong was appointed DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait in March 2004 and formally assumed office in May the same year. Ho Jong is also a councilor in the DPRK Ministry of Foreign Affairs and an ambassador-at-large.  Ho was born either in 1940 or 1945 and attended the Pyongyang University of Foreign Languages.  His early career was spent as an English language interpreter (Ho is fluent), and he worked along side DPRK foreign policy czars, Kim Yong Nam (former DPRK Foreign Minister and current President of the Supreme People’s Assembly Presidium) and Kang Sok Ju (former 1st Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and current DPRK Cabinet Vice Premier).

Outgoing DPRK Ambassador to Kuwait Ho Jong (L) meets with Kuwait’s Prime Minister of State, Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah (R) at Sief Palace on 25 November 2012 (Photo: Diwan of the Prime Minister of State of Kuwait)

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