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S. Korea, UAE to hold defense talks this week

Defense 10:06 October 01, 2019

SEOUL, Oct. 1 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) plan to hold vice minister-level talks this week to explore ways to boost cooperation in military matters and the defense industry, Seoul's defense ministry said Tuesday.

South Korea's Vice Defense Minister Park Jae-min left for Abu Dhabi earlier in the day to meet with his UAE counterpart, Matar Salem Al-Dhaheri, on Wednesday, during which the two sides are scheduled to exchange their assessments of regional security issues and discuss ways to boost bilateral defense ties, according to the ministry.

The two countries launched a defense deputy minister-level consultative body in 2010. As relations were upgraded to a special strategic partnership last year, the meeting is to be attended by their vice ministers, the ministry noted.

Later this week, the two countries also plan to hold "two plus two" security dialogue involving their vice defense ministers and senior diplomats to discuss security issues of mutual interest.

Before returning home Friday, Park will visit the Akh special forces unit stationed in the Middle Eastern country, according to the ministry. The 140-strong unit has been there since 2011 to help train local troops.

Seoul and Abu Dhabi established diplomatic ties in 1980 and have since maintained close ties.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) and Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan of the United Arab Emirates inspect an honor guard before their summit at the presidential office in Seoul on Feb. 27, 2019. (Yonhap)

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