South Korea will open an embassy in Madagascar early next month, government sources said, amid its stepped-up efforts to strengthen diplomacy with the resource-rich continent. The two countries established diplomatic ties in 1962, but Seoul has not opened any mission in Antananarivo, the capital of the southeastern African state. After a government with close ties to North Korea took power in the African state in the 1970s, the bilateral relations remained chilled for nearly two decades. Seoul has been preparing for the opening of the new embassy in the African country for around eight months since it secured approval from Antananarivo for the mission. Seoul is also considering sending an official ambassador to the country, a source said. South Korea has pushed to strengthen its diplomatic ties with Africa as the resource-rich continent posts growth rates of an average 5 percent, and more countries are achieving political stability through democratically elected governments.
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