Kang Seung-seok, former Chief of the Korean Consular Office in China’s Dalian, took the position amid Seoul’s stepped-up efforts to provide consular assistance to South Koreans in Wuhan, the epicenter of the deadly COVID-19 virus, and its vicinity.
His predecessor, Kim Young-geun, stepped down in November after he reportedly came under fire for improper remarks.
Seung-seok will depart for Wuhan on Wednesday aboard a cargo plane that South Korea plans to send to Wuhan to deliver relief items, including medical gloves.
“I’ve been given a heavy responsibility and I am assuming the post in Wuhan today,” he said.
“Together with our staffers at the consulate office, we will do our utmost, based on our experience, to protect the remaining citizens and overcome the difficulties at this crucial time,” he said.
Edited By: Yahaya Isah/Emmanuel Yashim
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