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EU, South Korea deepen defence cooperation

The European Union and South Korea held their third security and defence dialogue on 26 November in Seoul.

Stressing the importance of their strategic partnership, both sides discussed ways to deepen defense and shared their views of regional security situations.

They highlighted their mutual interest in key issues, such as denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula, and maritime security, in particular the EU NAVFOR Atalanta mission aiming to counter piracy off the coast of Somalia.

South Korea was represented by Lee Won Ik, director general of international policy at the Ministry of National Defense and the EU was represented by Pawel Herczynski, managing director for common security and defence policy and crisis response.

The security dialogue between the two sides was launched in 2015 and has been held once in two years.

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