November 12, 2012 10:17
The National Assembly agreed on Friday to extend the deadline by which highly trained Korean troops will withdraw from the United Arab Emirates.
The Special Forces unit dubbed "Ahk," which means "brother" in Arabic, will stay an extra year until the end of December 2013.
Currently, 158 troops are stationed in the eastern region of the country training local troops in anti-terrorism and parachute drills, and engaging in joint exercises.
The lawmakers approved the extension because they saw the potential to boost exports to the UAE by maintaining close defense ties.
The Ministry of Defense said Korea has exported around US$47 million worth of military equipment and weapons to the oil-rich country since 2010.
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