UAE and South Korea dis­cuss ties

Khaleej Times - - NATION -

seoul — The UAE and South Korea have agreed to strengthen co­op­er­a­tion and chan­nels of com­mu­ni­ca­tion be­tween the coun­tries.

The two na­tions stated that the fol­low-up mea­sures taken af­ter the bi­lat­eral sum­mit dur­ing the of­fi­cial visit of South Korean Pres­i­dent Moon Jae-in to the UAE in March last year, are be­ing steadily im­ple­mented.

This was said dur­ing the first meet­ing of the Diplo­matic and Se­cu­rity Di­a­logue at the level of the un­der-sec­re­taries of the UAE and Korean Min­istries of For­eign Af­fairs and De­fence, which was held in Seoul.

They dis­cussed ways to de­velop strate­gic re­la­tions and en­hance co­op­er­a­tion in the de­fence in­dus­try sec­tors. The two sides also tack­led the cur­rent sit­u­a­tion in the Mid­dle East and the Korean Penin­sula and co­op­er­a­tion on the in­ter­na­tional scene.

The UAE del­e­ga­tion was chaired by Matar Salim Al Dha­heri, un­der­sec­re­tary of the Min­istry of De­fence; and Am­bas­sador Khal­ifa Sha­heen Al Marar, As­sis­tant For­eign Min­is­ter for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs, while the South Korean side was led by Vice Min­is­ter of Na­tional De­fence, Suh Choo-suk, and Deputy Min­is­ter for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs, Yoon Soon-gu, of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs.

Al Dha­heri and Al Marar hoped for the fos­ter­ing of co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the two coun­tries in the diplo­matic and se­cu­rity fields as they are pi­o­neer­ing part­ners in their ef­forts for peace and sta­bil­ity in the re­gion.

Suh Choo-suk, South Korea’s Vice Min­is­ter for Na­tional De­fence, ex­pressed the hope the two coun­tries would strengthen their re­la­tion­ship and fur­ther strengthen the mu­tu­ally ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion.

Yoon Soon-gu, Deputy For­eign Min­is­ter of South Korea for Po­lit­i­cal Af­fairs, de­scribed the meet­ing as a sym­bol of the close ties be­tween the two coun­tries that adds an in­sti­tu­tional touch to their strate­gic co­op­er­a­tion. —

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