Vice FM calls for expanded cooperation with the Middle East at the forum

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SEOUL, Nov. 8 (Yonhap) – South Korea’s deputy foreign minister on Monday called for cooperation between the country and the Middle East to be expanded to new areas, including healthcare, green energy and smart agriculture.

Vice Minister Choi Jong-kun made the remarks at the Korea-Middle East Cooperation Forum in Seoul, attended by government officials and private experts from both sides, both in person and online.

In his keynote address, Choi noted that relations between South Korea and the region are steadily developing in a forward-looking manner, the Foreign Ministry said.

He suggested that both sides explore new areas of collaboration, including new energy resources, technology-based agriculture, and healthcare and medicine, to prepare for a post-pandemic era.

Choi also requested continued Middle East support for Seoul’s pursuit of peace on the Korean peninsula.

The semi-official forum was established in 2003 to discuss ways to promote friendship and cooperation between South Korea and the Middle East.

The 17th edition of this year was jointly organized by the Korea-Arab Society and the Jeju Peace Institute from South Korea and the Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research (ECSSR) from the United Arab Emirates.

Officials and experts from the Middle East, including Lana Nusseibeh, Deputy Minister for Political Affairs in the UAE Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and Sultan Mohammed Al-Nuaimi, Director General of the ECSSR, virtually attended the event.


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