UAE takes part in 10th Korea- Middle East Cooperation Forum

  • 24 October 2013

The10th Korea- Middle East Cooperation Forum, which kicked off today in South Korea' capital, Seoul, under the themed: "Meeting Global Challenges through Partnership," is organised in cooperation with the Emirates Centre for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR), the Korea-Arab Society, and the Jeju Peace Institute.

The one-day event has drawn about 200 key political, economic and academic figures from the Arab world and South Korea to discuss ways to strengthen relations and address challenges.

Director-General of ECSSR, Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi, stressed in his welcoming speech delivered on his behalf by Ahmed Mohammed Al Astad, head of the conference department at ECSSR, the interest of the ECSSR in national, regional and international issues, especially the issues related to sustainable development and welfare of people.

He noted that the centre was looking forward to strengthening the existing strategic partnership with organisations, centres and agencies to achieve these issues.

Present was UAE Ambassador to South Korea Abdullah Khalfan Mattar Al Rumaithi.

For his part, Yun Byung-se, South Korea's Foreign Affairs Minister, said in his key speech that the event bolsters the economic, social and political ties between South Korea and the Middle East states, noting that the Middle East has been the main source of oil for South Korea, while many infrastructure and industrial projects depend on the Korean expertise and technology.

Moon Tae-Young, president of the Jeju Peace Institute, the co-host of the event, said the forum is an important platform for thinkers and decision makers to discuss issues, among others, the Syrian standoff, Iranian nuclear programme and North Korean nuclear programme as well.

He noted that the Arab-Korean relations were experiencing remarkable growth, especially at the trade and economic areas.