South Korea UAE relations are getting better, The President of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, welcomed the President of South Korea to Qasr Al Watan during their meeting. on Sunday, Yoon Suk Yeol, the President of South Korea, was greeted by an honor guard upon his arrival in the United Arab Emirates. The visit is aimed at furthering the nation’s military sales in the region.
Yoon’s trip is taking place while South Korea is carrying out lucrative business deals and has dispatched elite military forces to protect the UAE, a plan that caused disapproval during the tenure of his liberal predecessor. But it appears the conservative leader is looking to strengthen these armed forces ties even as there is already friction with Iran, which resulted in the capturing of a South Korean oil tanker this year.
June Park, from the International Strategy Forum at Schmidt Futures, commented that the geopolitical environment in the Middle East is shifting quickly. She also stated that Korea is taking measures to ensure the continued strength of its strategic relationships with the United Arab Emirates.
Yoon visited Qasr Al Watan palace in Abu Dhabi on Sunday and was welcomed by Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who was appointed President of the UAE in May and had been the de facto leader of the country for several years prior.
A ceremonial guard of Emiratis wearing traditional attire welcomed Yoon and his wife, Kim Keon Hee. The guard showcased model Lee-Enfield rifles as troops on camelback and horseback paraded around. Inside, a military band performed the South Korean and Emirati national anthems.
At the end of the event, Yonhap news agency reported that Sheikh Mohammed declared the UAE’s intention to invest $30 billion in South Korea. He noted that they had faith in the country to honor its commitments “under all circumstances”.