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S. Korean president to meet visiting UAE official on bilateral ties

All News 09:39 January 09, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 9 (Yonhap) -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in is set to meet a special envoy of the Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, his office Cheong Wa Dae said.

Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on the South Korean leader at Cheong Wa Dae.

The visit will follow his meeting with Im Jong-seok, the presidential chief of staff who visited the United Arab Emirates late last year as Moon's special envoy.

"Khaldoon's trip to the country is a return visit to Im's trip to the UAE on Dec. 10," a Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters.

"Im and Khaldoon (Al Mubarak) will hold a meeting over lunch to discuss ways to continue enhancing their countries' bilateral relationship," the official added.

Al Mubarak's trip also comes amid suspicions of soured relations between the two countries.

Cheong Wa Dae has dismissed such suspicions raised by opposition parties, insisting Im's trip to the UAE was only aimed at further improving the bilateral ties and visiting South Korean forces stationed in the Middle Eastern country.

bdk@yna.co.kr
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