Will North Korea’s Foreign Minister visit Mongolia this year?

In late February of this year, Mongolian foreign minister invited about 40 female foreign ministers to attend a meeting in Ulaanbaatar from 29-30 June. North Korean Foreign Minister Choe Son Hui was also invited. However, North Korea has yet to respond to whether Choe will attend the meeting, according to people familiar with the matter.

The meeting will celebrate the growing role of women in Mongolia’s foreign policy circles. The Conference of Female Foreign Ministers began to be organized as a more formal meeting since 2018.  In September 2018, Canadian and the European Union’s high representative for foreign affairs and security policy organized the world’s first meeting of female foreign ministers in Montreal, attended by representatives from 17 countries.

In 1998, Mongolia appointed a woman as foreign minister for the first time. Since then, Mongolia has had three female foreign ministers, including B.Battsetseg. In 2001, Mongolia appointed its first female ambassador and sent her to Belgium.

Choe Son Hui became North Korea’s first female foreign minister on June 11, 2022. In 2017, South Korea had appointed its first female foreign minister, Kang Kyung-hwa.

(source: Diplomat)


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