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    South Korea's Defense Minister has visited three Middle Eastern countries to discuss bilateral military cooperation, Yonhap News Agency reported Sunday, citing government sources.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In Oman, Song Young-moo met with his counterpart Sayyid Badr bin Saud bin Harib Al Busaidi. They spoke highly about the South Korean destroyers, including the K-9 Thunder self-propelled howitzer, according to Yonhap.

    Moreover, the S. Korean minister's talks with high-ranking UAE defense officials were focused on the expansion of bilateral cooperation in the defense industry.

    South Korean troops fire Hyunmoo Missile into the waters of the East Sea at a military exercise in South Korea September 4, 2017
    © REUTERS / Defense Ministry/Yonhap
    In Lebanon, the South Korean defense minister met with Lebanese Defense Minister Yacoub Sarraf, Yonhap reported.

    According to Yonhap, the South Korean defense ministry hopes that Song's visit to the three nations will bring "tangible benefits" to South Korea's military exports.

    Meanwhile, South Korea has a military presence in all three countries. For instance, the Cheonghae anti-piracy navy unit has been deployed since 2011 to escort commercial vessels and counter the potential attacks of pirates off the Somalian coast in Oman. South Korea has deployed an Akh unit in the United Arab Emirates, which is tasked with training UAE special forces. In Lebanon, the Dongmyeong unit has been deployed since 2007 as part of UN peacekeeping forces.

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