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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

South Korea to display UAE flag to celebrate National Day

Flag will be shown on giant screens in Seoul as friendship between two nations continues to grow

Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea, embrace during the state visit to the UAE earlier this year.  Rashed Al Mansoori.
Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Moon Jae-in, President of South Korea, embrace during the state visit to the UAE earlier this year.  Rashed Al Mansoori.

South Korea will display the UAE flag in Seoul this weekend in a sign of the growing friendship between the two nations.

The flag will be shown on giant digital screens in the country's capital, more than 4,000 miles away from Abu Dhabi, for UAE National Day. The move was welcomed by Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, the UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation.

Writing on Twitter, Sheikh Abdullah said it showed how relations between the countries are “progressing and flourishing”.

It follows deepening ties between the UAE and South Korea over the last decade. South Korea has helped the UAE build its first nuclear power plant, and there are plans to boost collaboration in areas such as technology.

At a summit held last month, experts said it was more vital than ever for the countries to work together in light of a rise in protectionism elsewhere in the world.

At the event, held in Abu Dhabi, Lee Taeho, South Korea’s second vice minister for foreign affairs, said his country was entering a “new phase of partnership” with the Middle East.

Earlier this year, South Korean President Moon Jae-in arrived in the Emirates for a four-day state visit.

The UAE flag will be displayed on both panels and digital screens installed on the central building of the South Korean government.

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