Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached Seoul here on Thursday morning. He is on a two-day visit to South Korea where will meet President Moon Jae-in on Thursday. This is Modi’s second visit to the nation and also his second meeting with the South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Minister of External Affairs (MEA) Raveesh Kumar said Modi’s visit highlights India’s emphasis on its ‘Act East Policy’.
“PM Narendra Modi arrives in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK), his 2nd visit after the state visit in May 2015. During the visit, PM will have bilateral & business engagements, unveil Gandhi bust & accept the Seoul Peace Prize conferred upon him,” Kumar said in a statement on Twitter.
Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi landed in Seoul, marking the start of his visit to the Republic of Korea.
He will be participating in various programmes during the visit, aimed at boosting trade and cultural ties with the Republic of Korea. pic.twitter.com/CrWdTWh5k9
— PMO India (@PMOIndia) February 21, 2019
Modi’s meet with Moon comes a week ahead of the crucial Donald Trump-Kim Jon-un Summit next week in Vietnam which may have crucial implications for the Korean peninsula.
— ANI (@ANI) February 21, 2019
“We regard the Republic of Korea as a valued friend, a nation with which we have a Special Strategic Partnership. As fellow democracies, India and the ROK have shared values and a shared vision for regional and global peace. As fellow market economies, our needs and strengths are complementary.”
“ROK is an important partner for our ‘Make in India’ initiative as well as in our ‘Start-Up India’ and ‘Clean India’ initiatives. Our collaboration in the field of science and technology is encouraging, with our joint research ranging from basic to advanced sciences,” PM Modi said in a statement before leaving for Seoul Wednesday.
During the visit, he will be honoured with Seoul Peace Prize. The Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation had announced in October 2018 the decision to award Prime Minister Modi with the prize for 2018 in recognition of his dedication to international cooperation, global growth and human development. Previous recipients of the award include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and United Nation chief Ban Ki-Moon and Kofi Annan.