South Korea’s defense ministry may send about 130 troops to the United Arab Emirates by the end of this year to help train special forces in the Middle East country.
The ministry has been in consultations with the ruling Grand National Party over the troop dispatch and aims to get parliamentary approval this month, said Defense Ministry official who declined to be named because of ministry policy.
Yonhap News earlier reported the nation may send troops to protect South Korean companies and workers building nuclear reactors in the U.A.E. A group led by Korea Electric Power Corp. (015760) won an $18.6 billion order from the country in December.
The possible dispatch would be a part of a preliminary agreement on military cooperation between the two nations in December and would not be responsible for protecting reactor sites, the official said. The troops may be stationed for two years with the U.A.E. special forces, 400 kilometers away from the reactor site, according to the official.
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