On the occasion of his visit to the Republic of Korea, he said: “I am pleased to express to the Korean leadership and people my admiration for the achievements your country has made at all levels and to wish you further progress and prosperity.” In a speech broadcasted by the Korean News Agency today, the UAE Foreign Minister noted that “This is my third visit to your beautiful country since 2009, an indication of the importance we place on our bi-lateral relationship. Ties between our two countries have made – and continue to make – significant progress in many fields, thanks to the support of the UAE President, His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, and of Korea’s leadership over many years”.
He underlined the common desire of the leadership in both countries to strengthen the strategic cooperation between the two countries.
Sheikh Abdullah thanked President Lee Myung-bak for the major role he has played in furthering the bi-lateral collaboration during his tenure as president, adding that “I look forward to continuing to enhance our partnership with your new President, Park Geun-hye as she assumes the presidency.” He hoped his visit will further invigorate the strategic economic, investment, scientific and technological ties between the two countries and open new areas for cooperation for the benefit of the two peoples. “We also hope that this visit will strengthen our shared commitment to maintaining regional and international security and stability.
Since the establishment of the diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1980, Sheikh Abdullah continued “we have seen tremendous progress in the establishment of ongoing and beneficial links. The formation of the joint committee for economic cooperation in 2005 was an important milestone that marked the beginning of an era of even greater opportunity for the bi-lateral relationship.” In recent years, he added the two nations have progressed from historically friendly relations to a new and dynamic strategic partnership. The partnership now covers fields that include the peaceful use of nuclear energy, renewable energy, oil, human resource development, communications and information technology, in addition to political, economic, defence, and cultural cooperation.