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Moon, unable to hold summit meeting, concludes four-day schedule… what’s going on in the UAE

President Moon Jae-in poses for a commemorative photo prior to a meeting with UAE Vice President and Prime Minister (Dubai Ruler) Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at the Expo Leadership Center in Dubai, UAE on the 16th (local time). (Provided by the Blue House) 2022.1.17/News 1

President Moon Jae-in, who is visiting the United Arab Emirates (UAE), will leave Dubai on the 18th (local time) for his second trip to Saudi Arabia.

President Moon arrived in Dubai, UAE, the first country he visited on his Middle East tour on the 15th. Although he had a short trip of 3 nights and 4 days, he left the UAE without seeing the face of the real ruler of the UAE, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan of Abu Dhabi.

It is very unusual for the President to not hold a meeting with the heads of the countries he is visiting during his diplomacy tour.

Initially, the Blue House planned a summit with Crown Prince Mohammed while pursuing a tour of the Middle East, and announced it internally before the tour, but at the request of the UAE, the summit was suddenly canceled just before President Moon left for the tour.

The Blue House did not reveal the exact reason, such as the UAE’s only mention of “unforeseen and unavoidable circumstances”, and various speculations are emerging.

Some observers speculate that it may have something to do with the quarantine situation in the UAE, where the number of confirmed cases of Corona is pouring out every day, or whether there is a security reason that cannot be disclosed.

In fact, on the 17th, when the Yemeni Houthi rebels attacked Abu Dhabi on the 17th, which was originally scheduled for a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed, there is also an analysis that the cancellation of the summit may have something to do with this. According to foreign media, there was a drone attack on the industrial area of ​​Abu Dhabi and the construction site of a new airport on the same day.

Fortunately, as the meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed was canceled, President Moon did not travel to Abu Dhabi, but stayed in Dubai to complete his schedule.

In this regard, it is also noteworthy that Crown Prince Mohammed announced that he expected this terrorist attack. During the summit call held instead of the summit failure, President Moon strongly condemned terrorism, and the Crown Prince responded that he was grateful for the continued development of the special relationship between Korea and the UAE, saying, “Today’s drone attack was expected.”

In addition, Crown Prince Mohammed added, “I am very sorry and regretful that I could not meet in person due to an unavoidable situation that is out of my hands.”

It is speculation that the reason for the cancellation of the summit meeting was not in preparation for terrorism.

In response, Im Jong-seok, special adviser for foreign affairs and security to the president, who accompanied the tour, met with reporters on site and said that the drone attack at Abu Dhabi airport and the failure of the summit had “no relation”.

Lim said, “I fully understood the ‘unexpected and unavoidable circumstances’ that the UAE people are talking about.

(Seoul·Dubai = News 1)

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