President Moon wraps up working visit to UAE; will head to Saudi Arabia
Updated: 2022-01-18 13:35:13 KST
South Korea and the United Arab Emirates can create exemplary smart cities by combining their strengths.
That's according to President Moon Jae-in in a keynote speech Monday at the opening ceremony of the Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week the largest energy conference hosted by the UAE to promote international participation for a sustainable society and economic development.
Moon the first South Korean President to speak at the annual event said it's an area in which the two sides can create synergy.
"The UAE began investing in the construction of eco-friendly cities at an early stage. South Korea is also building two smart test cities. Combining the experience and advantages of our two countries, we can create the most exemplary smart city."
Seoul is also hoping to foster hydrogen-powered public transport systems for hydrogen cities with the gulf nation.
Moon said the hydrogen economy will be the most promising growth sector in the carbon neutral era, expressing hope South Korea and the UAE will accelerate their goal of achieving zero emissions and a sustainable future by working together.
Also on Monday, President Moon visited the Sheikh Khalifa Specialty Hospital to thank South Korean staff there for their efforts.
Run by Seoul National University Hospital it's an example of successful health-related cooperation between South Korea and the UAE.
Seoul not only offers medical services, but is involved in the overall management of the hospital.
Over 100 South Koreans work there, including some 50 doctors.
"I'm proud our medical standards are in a confident position and compare favorably no matter where we are in the world."
Before wrapping up his trip, the South Korean leader spoke on the phone with Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi replacing a planned face-to-face meeting.
The Blue House said the talks were cancelled upon the request of the UAE due to an "unforeseen and urgent matter of state."
During the phone call, Moon expressed his condolences to the victims of a drone attack in Abu Dhabi earlier in the day condemning it as an act of terror.
Prince Mohammed asked for understanding that they couldn't meet, adding he was happy to hear President Moon's voice calling him a friend and brother.
The two also welcomed a defense deal inked during President Moon's visit under which Seoul will sell mid-range surface-to-air missiles to the UAE.
It's expected to be worth around 3.5 billion U.S. dollars.
"On Tuesday, President Moon heads to Saudi Arabia for a two-day official visit. There, he will hold talks with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and attend a business forum on smart innovative growth. He'll also meet with the Secretary-General of the Gulf Cooperation Council.
Kim Min-ji, Arirang News. Dubai."