Mohammed bin Zayed meets South Korean Prime Minister.
General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, held an official round of talks with South Korea's Prime Minister Chung Hong Won in Seoul today. They discussed bilateral relations and ways to boost them, as well international developments and topics of mutual interest.
Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister, and Shaikh Hamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of Abu Dhabi Crown Prince's Court and Managing Director of Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA), also attended the meeting.
The two sides reviewed ties of friendship and means of strengthening cooperation in economic, commercial, energy, higher education, medical, investment, information technology and defence industry fields. "Our visit to South Korea reflects the keenness of the President, His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and his directives to foster relations with your friendly country and to work together to promote these relations for the interest of our peoples," General Shaikh Mohammed told Prime Minister Hong Won.
He conveyed greetings of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, and his wishes for further progress and prosperity to the people of South Korea.
General Shaikh Mohammed expressed his pleasure at visiting South Korea, with which, he said, the UAE maintains excellent relations. "We are here to further strengthen our bonds and to enhance our coordination on different regional and international issues. We look forward to bolstering our strategic relations and to developing more partnerships, joint investments and to exchange expertise."
General Shaikh Mohammed said he was satisfied with the progress of work on the peaceful nuclear power plants, adding that the Korean partners had shown enthusiasm to complete the project ahead of scheduled time. He also praised the support and attention given by the Korean government to the Emirati students and trainees in different Korean colleges and institutes.
General Shaikh Mohammed underlined the progressive ties between the two countries, thanks to the support given by their leaders. He urged current and future generations to work towards bringing back the Silk Road to act as a bridge for cultural interaction and knowledge exchange and a melting pot for thoughts and ideas to confront challenges facing the Arab region, the East and South Asia, and the world at large.
Prime Minister Hong Won welcomed General Shaikh Mohammed and expressed wishes of speedy recovery to President Shaikh Khalifa. "The political stability enjoyed by the UAE is attributed to the wise policy of the late Shaikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, of President His Highness Shaikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and to the close perusal of Your Highness," he told General Shaikh Mohammed. He said this visit represented a crucial addition to the already exceptional ties between the two countries. He also lauded the progress made by the UAE in all fields.
The Korean Prime Minister said the UAE-South Korean relations, which began in 1975, witnessed an important milestone in 2009 with the awarding of nuclear power plant construction contract. "We look forward to forging special relations, close cooperation and long term partnership with the UAE."
He noted that South Korea was following the 'creative economy' approach which resembles to a greater extent the Abu Dhabi Vision 2030. He thanked the UAE for granting the opportunity to Korean companies to offer their expertise and to contribute to the development drive in the UAE. "The UAE is one of our key partners in the (Middle East) region and we are keen on developing our relations for the welfare and interest of our friendly peoples."
He reciprocated the greetings to Shaikh Mohammed and expressed wishes of further progress to the people of the UAE. Also present were Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, Minister of Energy; Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority (E); Nasser Ahmed Al Suweidi, Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development; Shaikh Sultan bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, Advisor at the Foreign Ministry and Director of East Asian Affairs; Abdullah Nasser Al Suwaidi, Director-General of ADNOC; and Abdullah Khalfan Matar Al Romaithi, UAE Ambassador to South Korea.
From the Korean side, the meeting was attended by Kim Sung-hwan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade, as well as ministers of economy, commerce & industry, gender equality & family, Prime Ministers' office and other officials.
UAE, Korea ink key agreements
General Shaikh Mohammed and Prime Minister Hong Won attended the signing ceremony of several agreements between the UAE and Korea.
The two countries signed two agreements on mutual legal assistance and extradition. They were signed by Shaikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE Foreign Minister and his South Korean counterpart, Kim Sung-hwan. They also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on developmental cooperation between the UAE's Ministry of Development and International Cooperation and South Korean Foreign Ministry.
An MoU between UAE's Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research and South Korea's Ministry of Higher Education was signed by Shaikh Abdullah and South Korean Higher Education Minister Nam Soo Suh.
An MoU on youth was signed by the UAE's General Authority for Youth and Sports and the Ministry of Gender Equality and Family in South Korea by Shaikh Abdullah and Cho Yoon-sun, Minister of Gender Equality and Family.
An MoU on cooperation in energy fields was signed by the UAE Minister of Energy, Suhail bin Mohammed Faraj Faris Al Mazrouei, and South Korea's Minister of Trade, Energy and Industry, Yoon Sang-jick.
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|Date:||Feb 28, 2014|
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