Welcome to the website of the Embassy of the Republic of Korea to Afghanistan!
Afghanistan is a country of significant geographical importance that connects the Middle East, East and Southwest Asia. Lying along the main routes of the ancient and medieval Silk Road, Afghanistan has served as a linchpin between eastern and western cultures. It was thanks to this geographical and cultural nexus that diverse cultures were able to flourish in this region. On the other hand, due to its strategic importance, Afghanistan has also been subject to numerous invasions from foreign powers throughout its history such as Persia, Greece, and Mongol Empire, and has also set the stage for struggle among great powers even until recently.
Since its independence from the British control in 1919, Afghanistan has undergone several political turbulences, including the invasion of the Soviet Union and establishment of the communist regime in the late 1970s, and the Taliban rule since 1996 as well. In the wake of the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001, the current Afghan Government was established as a result of the first-ever direct election by the people of Afghanistan in 2004, followed by the peaceful transition of power in 2014. Determined not to give in to a variety of hardships and adversities, the Government and the People of Afghanistan have been strenuously making strides in building a democratic, prosperous, and united nation. The international community, on its part, has been supporting these efforts with economic and humanitarian assistance as well as assistance in security.
Since the resumption of its diplomatic ties with Afghanistan in 2002, the Government of the Republic of Korea, in close collaboration with the international community, has been actively playing its due part in this calling of epic proportions through various means, including in-kind and financial contributions. In 2002, the Korean Government dispatched ‘Dongui’ and ‘Dasan’ Unit which provided construction, engineering, and medical services. It also ran a Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) in Parwan Province from 2010 to 2014, carrying out a number of projects for local people in the area of infrastructure, capacity-building and humanitarian assistance. Furthermore, Korea has been making substantial contributions since 2011 to social and economic development, and to capacity-building of the security sector, in close partnership with international organizations and the Afghan Government. It was in this context that the Korean Government reaffirmed its commitment to supporting the peace and development of Afghanistan at the 2016 NATO Summit in Warsaw and the Ministerial Conference in Brussels as well.
As the security situation in Afghanistan is still fluid and demonstrates sustained threats of terrorism, the Embassy of the Republic of Korea is making its utmost efforts to secure the safety of the Korean nationals who are staying in or visiting the country. The Embassy is further committed to strengthening bilateral relations between Korea and Afghanistan throughout as wide spectrum as possible, stretching from political affairs to economic and cultural cooperation to personal exchanges. Representing Korea, a responsible member of the international community, the Embassy will keep vigilant and active in the management and monitoring of Korea’s support to Afghanistan so that it can make a genuine contribution to building peace and ensuring self-reliance in Afghanistan.
Lastly, it is my sincere wish this website will serve as a useful medium to all of you who are interested in bilateral relations between our two countries, let alone those who want to know more and better about Korea and its people.
I appreciate your visit to our website and wish you all the best.
Zha Hyoung Rhee
Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Afghanistan