Posts falsely claim 'no one' came to South Korean president's sendoff ceremony in Egypt
Facebook posts mocking South Korean President Moon Jae-in claim nobody showed up to the airport to wave him off on a trip the Middle East in January 2022. The claim is false; news footage taken by various South Korean media at Moon's departure ceremony shows people gathered at Cairo airport to wave him goodbye.
"Cairo in Egypt. Moon Jae-in and his wife are climbing up a trap. But, but, half of the picture shows the sky. Isn't it bizarre for Moon, who really likes to brag about his achievements?" reads Korean text superimposed on a photo shared on Facebook on January 22, 2022.
"The reason? It appears no one was at the airport to say goodbye to him."
Moon left Egypt on January 21, 2022, following a six-day tour of three Middle Eastern countries .
Some social media users appeared to be misled by the posts.
One person commented: "No one came to say goodbye? No red carpets for him? No one cared about his visit. People must have treated him as if he didn’t exist."
Another wrote: "Is South Korea's reputation this bad?"
However, the claim is false.
News footage from Moon's departure from Cairo airport shows he was seen off by a group of people.
A Google reverse image search found the photo cited in the misleading Facebook post was originally taken and published by South Korean news agency Yonhap on January 21, 2022.
Below is a screenshot comparison between the image in the misleading Facebook post (left) and the Yonhap photo (right):
The photo caption reads: "President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook are getting in the Republic of Korea Air Force One at the Cairo International Airport on 21st (local time) to leave Egypt after visiting three nations, including UAE and Saudi Arabia".
The caption to the first photo reads: "South Korean President Moon Jae-in is walking toward the Republic of Korea Air Force One at the Cairo International Airport on 21st (local time) with the Egyptian Minister of Communications and Information Technology Amr Talaat to leave Egypt after visiting three nations, including UAE and Saudi Arabia".
The caption of the Newsis photo reads: "President Moon Jae-in and First Lady Kim Jung-sook wave to people who came to see them off at the Cairo International Airport on 21st".
People who came to see off Moon at the airport also can be seen in this video filmed by South Korean broadcaster KTV.