The UAE and South Korea have signed a new agreement to mark the 40th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two nations.
The UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue 2020 aims to foster cultural understanding as well as deepening existing ties in education, media and sport.
The initiative was signed on Wednesday by Noura Al Kaabi, Minister of Culture and Knowledge Development, and Park Yang-woo, Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
It will build on ongoing co-operation between the two countries established following South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s visit to the UAE in March last year.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, also visited South Korea in February this year.
“The launch of the UAE-Korea Cultural Dialogue 2020 marks an important milestone in the history of our relations that focus on continued growth regardless of geographical distance,” said Ms Al Kaabi, following the signing in Seoul.
“Thanks to the countries’ visionary leadership, the bilateral ties of co-operation between our friendly nations have been growing steadily over the past 40 years and the Cultural Dialogue will further our global understanding of each other’s culture and traditions.
“The UAE and the Arab region have been a crossroads for different cultures between East and West since the dawn of time.
“The values of coexistence, human fraternity and welcoming others are inherent in our societies and history.”