South Korea and Australia to Enhance Defense and Military Cooperation

Seoul — The defense ministries of South Korea and Australia agreed on Thursday to intensify their military and defense industry collaboration. Defense Minister Shin Won-sik met with Australian Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Richard Marles following their participation in the 2023 Seoul Defense Dialogue, an international security forum.

According to the Yonhap News Agency, the ministers signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to increase the interoperability of their armed services and hold more complex military exercises. Another MOU aimed at enhancing peace operations training and cooperation was also signed.

The South Korean Navy and Marine Corps sent their largest-ever contingent to this year's Exercise Talisman Sabre, a multinational military exercise led by Australia and the United States. Marles called South Korea's participation in Exercise Talisman Sabre and the Australian Air Force's Pitch Black 2022 as a "significant milestone" in their bilateral defense relationship.

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