President Moon Jae-in and Abu Dhabi Crown
Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan on Feb.27 agreed in their summit to
strengthen bilateral cooperation in high-tech industries to develop a so-called
special strategic partnership between both sides.
The night before at Cheong Wa-Dae,
Al-Nahyan had attended a dinner hosted by President Moon on the first day of
the crown prince’s two-day visit to Korea. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is
Korea’s top export market in the Middle East and biggest partner in human
resource exchanges in the region.
In a joint statement issued on Feb.27, both
leaders said more active high-level consultation channels, the Barakah nuclear power
plant project and defense cooperation had bolstered bilateral relations. They
also agreed to facilitate more people-to-people exchanges through the UAE
Ambassador Program and youth exchanges, as well as seek mutual growth befitting
the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
Al-Nahyan lauded the progress in
inter-Korean relations and said the UAE, as Seoul’s ally, consistently supports
the establishment of permanent peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
The crown prince’s visit, his fifth to
Korea, reciprocated that by President Moon to the UAE in March last year.