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2008/05/27 15:53 KST
Seoul, Istanbul seal agreement on logistics cooperation

�� By Byun Duk-kun
SEOUL, May 27 (Yonhap) -- South Korea and Turkey on Tuesday signed an agreement on mutual logistics support, enabling smooth exchanges of military munitions during times of peace or war, the Defense Ministry said.

�� The agreement, officially called a memorandum of understanding, was signed by South Korea's Vice Defense Minister Kim Jong-cheon and the visiting deputy commander of Turkey's joint forces, Gen. Ergin Saygun.

�� "The two countries have discussed issues related to logistics cooperation, such as supplying munitions for their overseas missions in Iraq through local markets, at various opportunities," the ministry said in a press release, noting Tuesday's agreement will also help build military cooperation between the nations.

�� The agreement will allow South Korea to secure a safe source of munitions, as well as swift movement of the goods for its troops deployed overseas while significantly expanding its chance to export more defense articles to Turkey through increased cooperation between their militaries, the ministry said.

�� "The Defense Ministry will work to establish munitions logistics cooperation with the Philippines, Indonesia and Israel while also increasing the provision of our excessive defense items to friendly nations to help secure various cooperation in munitions and logistics," it said.

�� South Korea regularly provides its aging defense articles, including patrol boats and air force training jets, to developing nations such as Bangladesh, Mongolia and the Philippines at a nominal price of $100 per item.

�� This year alone, Seoul plans to give three patrol boats to Cambodia and 24 military communication devices to Mongolia, according to ministry officials.

�� bdk@yna.co.kr
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