New Delhi, Jul 8: South Korean President Moon Jae-in will arrive in New Delhi on Sunday. The South Korean President, who is on a four-day visit to India, will be accompanied by first lady Kim Jung-sook, senior members of his cabinet, officials as well as industry captains.Also Read - Afghanistan's Territory Should Not Be Used To Spread Terrorism, Says PM Modi at UNGA | Live Updates
During his visit, he will hold talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on several issues, including the situation on the Korean peninsula and ways to boost bilateral trade and defence cooperation. The Ministry of External Affairs had said that Modi and Moon will deliberate on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. Also Read - COVID, Terrorism, Climate Change: Here’s What to Expect From PM Modi’s Address at UNGA Today
A spokesperson in Moon’s office in Seoul had said the leaders will focus on expanding “future-oriented cooperation” between the two countries. “India is fast becoming a major power with the fastest-growing economy in Asia. It is also a key nation for cooperation under the New Southern Policy that our government is actively pursuing,” he said, according to Korean news agency Yonhap. There has been an upswing in India’s defence cooperation with South Korea and both sides are expected to explore ways to enhance it. Also Read - PM Modi UNGA Address 2021 LIVE Streaming: When, Where And How to Watch PM Narendra Modi's Speech at UN
Narendra Modi and President Moon will together visit the Gandhi Smriti. Thereafter, they will also visit a Samsung plant in Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Moon will also attend an India-Korea Business Forum on July 9. Moon will be accorded with a ceremonial reception at the Rashtrapati Bhawan on July 10.
The two leaders will also address the India-South Korea CEOs Roundtable. Some agreements are also expected to be signed. In the evening, Moon will meet President Ram Nath Kovind, who will host a banquet for the visiting dignitary and his delegation at the Rashtrapati Bhawan. On the morning of July 11, Moon will depart from New Delhi.
PM Modi had visited Seoul in May 2015, which helped elevate India-South Korea relations to a ‘Special Strategic Partnership’.
Moon’s visit to India comes nearly a month after the historic summit between US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore. The situation on the Korean peninsula is likely to figure in his talks with Modi.
The South Korean President is scheduled to leave for Singapore after concluding his visit here.
(With agency inputs)