UAE, Korean officials meet to enhance ties

South Korea's presidential chief of staff Im Jong-seok shaking hands with Khaldoon Al Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, during a meeting in Seoul on Nov. 2, 2018. (Yonhap news agency)
Updated 03 November 2018

UAE, Korean officials meet to enhance ties

  • A key agenda item was a return visit by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Seoul in the first quarter of 2019
  • The two sides also reviewed implementation of agreements reached by Moon and the crown prince

SEOUL: A high-ranking Emirati official on Friday met with a top secretary of South Korean President Moon Jae-in to discuss ways to enhance bilateral relations.

Khaldoon Khalifa Al-Mubarak, chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority of Abu Dhabi, had a two-hour luncheon with Im Jong-seok, presidential chief of staff, at a hotel in Seoul. 

A key agenda item was a return visit by UAE Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan to Seoul in the first quarter of 2019, said South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

The two sides also reviewed implementation of agreements reached by Moon and the crown prince during the former’s visit to the UAE last March, Kim added.

“Im and Al-Mubarak shared the view that collaboration in the military and defense sectors has been reinforced further,” Kim said. 

“In addition, the two governments will cooperate to share information and knowhow when either of them enters a third market.”


Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

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Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square to be renovated

CAIRO: Egypt’s iconic Tahrir Square in downtown Cairo is about to receive a facelift as part of a project aimed at revitalizing several locations across the country’s vast capital and building on their appeal to the tourism market.

The square was the center of the 2011 uprising that toppled the country’s long-serving autocrat Hosni Mubarak. In 2013, protesters again took to the streets around the square when they called for the ousting of former President Mohammad Mursi.    

Now Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly has called for the historic site to be turned into a tourist destination.

The historic square was created in the 19th century, when it was initially named Ismailia Square. 

In 1952, a military-led revolution abolished the Egyptian monarchy and the square was renamed Tahrir Square, meaning liberation.