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Mohammed ends South Korea visit

posted on 24/05/2007: 780 views

Seoul - H.H Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, wrapped up yesterday a two-day state visit to South Korea during which he held talks with President Roh Moo-hyun and Prime Minister HAN Duck-soo on ways to upgrade avenues of mutual cooperation in areas of trade and investment.

The UAE official thanked his hosts for "the genuine desire" they had shown to further expand cooperation and forge "a strategic economic and investment partnership" with his country.

"I am confident that my visit to Seoul will have a fruitful outcome that will reflect positively on relations between the two friendly countries and people," Sheikh Mohammed said in a cable to the South Korean as he was on flight back home.

He said the visit to "your friendly country has availed us a golden opportunity to acquaint ourselves from close range with the achievements, culture and civilisation of the Korean people and become conscious of the deep-rooted spirit of innovation and creativity among your countrymen and women." He also sent a similar cable to the Prime Minister.

On the last day of his visit, Sheikh Mohammed had held talks with Mr. HAN Duck-soo on ways to bolster mutual cooperation and joint venture in a number of sectors, mainly in technology, culture, financial markets and tourism.

In an address to the meeting, the South Korean official said his country might benefit a lot from the UAE experience, particularly that of Dubai, which, he added, has been successful in all the strategic development projects and plans it had carried out.

These projects and plans, he went on to say, were world class and that Korea would learn from them optimal ways to employ human resources and expertise as well as money and technology in hands of both sides and turn them into economically feasible investments on a win-win basis.

Han expressed conviction that there were many new prospects and facts that could make the UAE and South Korea "major partners and economic axis with its first party in the Middle East and the second in East Asia." He said he, his government and Korean entrepreneurs admire development made by the UAE, which he added has been the focus of world community's attention.

For his part, Sheikh Mohammed said his Seoul visit would lead to much more openness and cooperation in the areas of economy, industry and investment.

Responding to comments by the South Korean official, Sheikh Mohammed said talk on volumes of exports and imports between the two countries, no matter how lengthy it may, "is just a starter for a more comprehensive and extended commercial, technological and cultural ties." He said the leadership of both countries were keen on building a strategic partnership via the many accords and memos of understanding signed during the visit, which he said was the first but would not be the last one to "this friendly country." Last night, the South Korean Prime Minister hosted a dinner banquet in honour of Sheikh Mohammed and his entourage. (Emirates News Agency, WAM)


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