South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol Aims to Expand Cooperation with Qatar in Defense and High-Tech Sectors

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia - South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol expressed his desire to broaden the scope of cooperation between South Korea and Qatar, particularly in investment, defense, agriculture, and other sectors, according to an interview published on Tuesday.

According to a new release by Yonhap News Agency, President Yoon detailed his objectives ahead of his state visit to Qatar later the same day. Yoon emphasized the historic nature of his visit, being the first South Korean President to make a state visit to Qatar, and looked forward to in-depth discussions with Qatari Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. "I hope this visit will serve as an invaluable opportunity to elevate our bilateral relations to a new level," Yoon stated in the interview.

Yoon highlighted the past cooperation between the two nations in the energy and construction fields. Qatar has been instrumental in helping South Korea maintain its energy security, being its second-largest supplier of liquefied natural gas. Moreover, South Korean companies have been involved in approximately 130 construction projects in Qatar over the past half-century.

With respect to the future, Yoon revealed that the South Korean government plans to widen the areas of mutual collaboration, beyond energy and construction. The President spoke of plans to explore cooperation in various emerging industries, including digital technology, biohealth, smart farming, and cultural content. The government aims to execute programs that will yield tangible benefits for the citizens of both nations.

The visit comes at a significant time, as the two countries are preparing to celebrate the 50th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations next year. Yoon also emphasized that his state visit would include a delegation of leaders from around 60 South Korean businesses specializing in multiple emerging industries, underlining the importance of extending cooperation into high-tech fields.

Further, President Yoon mentioned that South Korea will actively seek avenues for cooperation in education, culture, and tourism, acknowledging that a robust understanding and friendship between the people of the two nations form the backbone for continual progress in their bilateral relationship.

Yoon's two-day visit to Qatar follows a four-day state visit to Saudi Arabia, further solidifying South Korea's diplomatic ties in the Middle East.

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