SEOUL, A United Arab Emirates defense firm chief has recently visited South Korea to discuss arms industry cooperation with senior Seoul officials, government sources here said Tuesday.

Hussain Ibrahim Al Hammadi, the chairman of Emirates Advanced Investments Group, has had talks with South Korean Defense Minister Song Young-moo and Jeon Jei-guk, the minister of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, the source said on condition of anonymity.

His visit comes after Song, Jeon and other South Korean officials traveled to the United Arab Emirates last month to meet its top officials. Al Hammadi also serves as his country's education minister.

"The chairman, who is an influential figure in the UAE defense industry, will discuss the two countries' exchanges of technological staff and technological cooperation," another government source said.

"I understand that the UAE side wants to send its personnel in the defense sector to South Korea for education and to seek defense technology cooperation," he added.

Seoul has its "Akh" unit of around 140 troops stationed in the UAE, where they assist training UAE soldiers. "Akh" means "brothers" in Arabic.

Source: Yonhap News Agency