Iraqi, South Korean Defense Ministers Agree to Boost Defense Ties

South Korean Ministry of Defense/Yonhap; Photo © Yonhap25.03.2024 Asia
Iraqi, South Korean Defense Ministers Agree to Boost Defense Ties

Iraqi, South Korean Defense Ministers Agree to Boost Defense Ties

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The Defense Chiefs of South Korea and Iraq agreed Wednesday to strengthen arms industry cooperation, amid signs of Baghdad’s interest in a South Korean-built helicopter, Seoul’s Ministry of Defense said.

Defense Minister Shin Won-sik and his Iraqi counterpart Thabet Mohammed Saeed Al-Abbasi agreed to their talks in Seoul where they discussed ways to expand bilateral defense ties, according to the Ministry, Yonhap news agency reported.

Shin briefed the Iraqi official on various South Korean weapons systems, noting the two sides have established the foundation for further cooperation with the export of the T-50 series aircraft to Iraq.

In 2013, Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd. (KAI) signed a deal to supply 24 T-50IQs, a variant of the T-50 supersonic trainer, to the Middle Eastern country.

The Iraqi Minister expressed expectations that if advanced South Korean weapons are introduced to Iraq, it would help strengthen the country’s defense capabilities, according to the Ministry.

The Iraqi Minister also met with CEOs of major South Korean defense companies during his stay in South Korea, including KAI officials. 

 



 
 

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