"South Korea & India Share Common Concerns in Fight Against International Terrorism" - Lok Sabha Speaker
| 28 Sep 2016
| NOP Bureau National

"South Korea & India Share Common Concerns in Fight Against International Terrorism" - Lok Sabha Speaker

NOP Bureau
Seoul, 28 September 2016: Lok Sabha Speaker Smt. Sumitra Mahajan, who is leading an Indian Parliamentary Delegation to South Korea, met Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Mr. CHUNG SYE-KYUN in Seoul, today.

On the occasion, Smt. Mahajan said that India and South Korea share common concerns in fight against international terrorism. She added that the two countries have been working together in regional and multilateral fora on this issue and other key issues including disarmament, climate change and sustainable development. She thanked South Korea for its support to India’s candidature for the membership of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). As Korea is the current chair of NSG, Smt. Mahajan sought greater support from Korea in reaching out to the Participating Governments (PGs) in the NSG to lead to an early membership for India.

Recalling that India cherishes historical ties of friendship for nearly 2000 years, Smt. Mahajan noted that Princess Suriratna, Buddhist Monk Hyecho, remind Indians of their shared heritage and historical ties. She said that the enduring philosophy of Buddha has influenced the lives and thoughts of the people of two countries. In modern times, India and South Korea share 15th August as their independence day. With India's 'Look East' policy evolving into an 'Act East' policy, the region has gained even greater momentum in their strategic thinking and economic engagement, she said.

Mentioning that during Prime Minister Modi's successful visit in May 2015 Indo-South Korean ties had upgraded to 'Special Strategic Partnership', Smt. Mahajan observed that ‘Special Strategic Partnership’ had deepened.

Smt. Mahajan further said that India looks forward to forging new partnerships with Korea in areas of common interest. She invited investors and entrepreneurs from Korea to join Indian counterparts in the "Make in India” initiative and said that Korea could be valuable partner in India's programmes for skill development, Digital India, Smart Cities, etc. She felt that India's highly skilled young manpower, huge market and strength in IT software combined with Korean technology, industrial experience and capital was a winning combination.

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