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May 05, 1978

TELEGRAM 046.449 FROM THE ROMANIAN EMBASSY IN LAGOS TO THE ROMANIAN MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS

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    The Romanian Embassy in Lagos reports on DPRK Vice-President Gang Ryang-uk's visit to Nigeria and the issues discussed.
    "TELEGRAM 046.449 from the Romanian Embassy in Lagos to the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs," May 05, 1978, History and Public Policy Program Digital Archive, AMAE, Folder 784/1978, Issue 220: Features of political-diplomatic relations between the Democratic People's Republic of Korea and some countries in Europe, Asia, Africa, America (Cyprus, Spain, USA, Bangladesh, Philippines, India, Indonesia, Japan, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Central African Republic, Egypt, Gabon, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Syria) January 7, 1978 – September 23, 1978. Obtained and translated for NKIDP by Eliza Gheorghe. https://digitalarchive.wilsoncenter.org/document/116432
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TELEGRAM 046.449

To: the Romanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (to comrade Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs Ilie Rădulescu, comrade Director Vasile Șandru, comrade Director Petre Tănăsie)

From: the Romanian Embassy in Lagos

Subject: the visit of DPRK Vice-President Gang Ryang-uk to Nigeria

Date: May 5th, 1978

Classification: Secret

On May 16 1978, the 5-day visit of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Vice-President Gang Ryang-uk to Nigeria, carried out at the invitation of General Shehu Yar’Adua, the Chief of the General Staff (the second-in-command in the Nigerian political hierarchy, after the head of state). On bilateral relations, [the two officials] examined the ways for implementing the provisions of the cooperation agreement, which materialized in measures in the field of agriculture (rice crops) and technical training for Nigerian cadres (by [building] a technical training center in Nigeria).

On general, international matters, [the two officials] exchanged views on the problems of Western Africa and on the question of the peaceful reunification of Korea, noting agreement ‘on most issues.’

In a public declaration, Yar’dua pointed out that ‘Nigeria supports the aspirations and efforts undertaken in the direction of the peaceful reunification of Korea, in accordance with the wishes of the [majority] of the Korean people.’

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Octavian Cărare