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Defence Secretary Michael Fallon will arrive in South Korea today for his first official visit to the country. He will meet South Korean Minister of National Defence Han Min-koo where discussion will cover international and regional security and how the UK and South Korea can build on existing cooperation on issues such as Ebola and global stabilisation and counter-piracy operations.
On Friday, Mr Fallon will lay a wreath at the National War Memorial to mark the contribution of British servicemen to the Korean War. The UK was the second largest overseas contributor of troops during the Korean War and 1,078 UK personnel lost their lives during the three-year conflict.
Defence Secretary Michael Fallon said:
I’m delighted to be renewing my links with South Korea. I know well our countries’ common interests and values, thanks to my previous Business responsibilities. My visit today as Defence Secretary is an excellent opportunity to strengthen further our close military ties, building on our cooperation in tackling the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone and on South Korea’s valuable contributions in other areas, including South Sudan and maritime security in the Indian Ocean. I look forward to doing so. During my visit I will also pay tribute to the British servicemen who lost their lives in the Korean War