Press release: Foreign Office Minister Mark Field visits South Korea

first_img I am proud to say that this is my third visit to South Korea since 2017 which shows mine and the UK government’s commitment to the UK-South Korea relationship. It is a long and enduring relationship and as we leave the EU, we are determined to build on our ties with regional powers like South Korea. UK-Korea trade is worth almost £14 billion a year and has huge potential to grow still further, in particular in renewable energy sectors such as offshore wind. The UK and Korea have also long stood shoulder-to-shoulder to defend our shared values – including during the Korean War – and our cooperation will be important for the continued security and stability of the region and the world. For journalists The Minister will also meet representatives from British businesses operating in South Korea and members of the British community in Busan.Further information Media enquiries FCO Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, arrived in South Korea today (4 January) to further strengthen UK-Korea relations. The visit will focus on advancing trade links and discussing regional and international global interests.Minister Field will start his visit in the capital, Seoul, before taking in Korea’s second city, Busan, and the city of Ulsan, a leading industrial hub.While in South Korea, Mark Field will meet key Korean figures including Vice Foreign Minister, Cho Hyun, and the Mayor of Ulsan and Vice Mayor of Busan.Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Follow Foreign Office Minister Mark Field @MarkFieldUK Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter @foreignoffice and Facebook Email [email protected]last_img read more

Mickey Arthur hopes not to get sacked as coach of Pakistan team

first_imgMickey Arthur hopes he can at least see out his two-year contract as coach of Pakistan.Arthur resigned as South Africa coach after five years in 2010, and was sacked as Australia coach in 2013, three weeks before the Ashes because of an uneasy relationship with players.”Sometimes things work and sometimes things don’t; we’ve got a good record with Australia but there were other issues that we needed to address,” Arthur said in Lahore on Thursday after meeting with officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board.”There’s two types of coaches – there’s a coach that’s current and there’s a coach that’s been fired, and if you haven’t been fired you’ve never coached, so I had a really good five years with South Africa, (and) with Australia we had two very good years and that ended in tears, but that’s what happens.”I’m confident that in this role that we’ll get things going in the right direction and it won’t happen again.”COACHING A SUBCONTINENT TEAM A DREAMArthur, who arrived in Pakistan on Wednesday, said he had always wanted to coach a team from the subcontinent and it will be challenge for him to progress Pakistan, especially in the short formats.”If you haven’t coached in the subcontinent, you haven’t really coached,” Arthur said. “That was a massive attraction, coupled with the fact that we need to improve the rankings in ODI cricket … we need to improve the rankings in Twenty20 cricket.”Pakistan are at No. 3 in the Test rankings primarily because of playing on the slow pitches in the United Arab Emirates. But in ODIs, Pakistan are at No. 9, and in T20s at No. 7. Arthur believed Pakistan can compete only by winning series away from their UAE base.advertisementHis first assignment is the tour of England next month, including four Tests, five ODIs, and a T20. Pakistan is also due to play away series against New Zealand and Australia this season.”I’ve watched Pakistan cricket and coached against Pakistan cricket over a long period of time,” Arthur said. “There’s some really skilled players out here, and it’s going to be up to myself and the coaching staff to give those players as we always say in the profession, ‘the roots to grow and the wings to fly.'”I don’t care if they fail. I don’t care if they make mistakes. Professional people are going to make mistakes. As long as we’re learning from those mistakes and going forward as a team I’m going to be happy.”Arthur missed Pakistan’s strenuous two-week physical training camp at an Army academy in Abbottabad, and also skipped a one-week skill camp at Lahore which ended last week. However, Arthur said he was in constant touch with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, and bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed before the team was finalized for the tour of England.”I know that my opinions will always be taken into account,” Arthur said. “At the end of the day, it’s their (selectors) job to select the best possible team, but I know they will do in consultation with myself and the captain, always.”‘AMIR FANTASTIC PROFESSIONAL’Arthur called Mohammad Amir a “fantastic professional” after the fast bowler was granted a U.K. visa, making him available for his first Tests in six years following jail and a suspension for spot-fixing in 2010.”He’s served his time, he’s done it,” Arthur said. “The stuff that’s relevant to me is making Mohammad Amir the best he can possible be as a cricketer.”Arthur picked Pakistan’s fielding and batting as the weak areas which needed to be improved.”Fielding needs to ramp up a huge amount … we’re behind the rest of the pack in terms of fielding in international cricket,” he said. “And then our batting, outside of subcontinental conditions, because I know the ball is going to swing, the ball is going to seam.”last_img read more