Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, during his second visit to South Korea's Seoul, interacted with the Indian Community in the country. Addressing the Indian diaspora, Modi said terrorism and climate change are the two biggest challenges faced by mankind today. Early in the day, the prime minister arrived in Seoul on a two-day visit to strengthen India's strategic ties with South Korea and seek to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment. During his visit, Modi also unveiled Mahatma Gandhi's bust at South Korea's Yonsei University. With this, South Korean President Moon Jae-in voiced hope that the great spirit of Mahatma Gandhi can usher in peace and prosperity in Asia and beyond. Ahead of his visit, PM Modi described South Korea as an important partner for India's key initiatives such as 'Make in India', and said as fellow democracies the two countries share values and vision for regional and global peace.
"During the visit, PM will have bilateral and business engagements, unveil Gandhi bust and accept the Seoul Peace Prize conferred upon him," foreign ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Twitter.
Here are Highlights from PM Modi's address in South Korea:
India is considered to be a bright place for investment in the world, the country has received a record USD 263 billion FDI in the last four years: PM Modi in Seoul.
On behalf of 130 million Indians, I assure you that we will eliminate TB by 2015, says the prime minister.
Digital India has brought rapid changes in the lives of the people in India. Optical fibres have been delivered to 1.2 million villages across the country: PM Modi.
Under Ayushman Bharat, the world's biggest health insurance scheme, 50 crore people of India are getting free treatment, says the prime minister.
Today, India is a part of the GST system. First Sardar Balbhai Patel Patel had united the country, then GST has done the integrated the country financially: PM Modi.
India is moving fast to become an economy of five trillion: PM Modi in South Korea.
Today, we are the fastest growing economy in the world. Fundamentals of our Economy are strong, says Modi.
Our relations with Korea have been growing steadily with each passing day. The countries are moving forward in promoting peace, stability and prosperity: PM Modi.
You are the Ambassador of India. The hard work and discipline of 30 million overseas Indians increased the credibility of the country around the world, says PM Modi.
Our aim is to be among the top 3 countries in the world in the next 15 years. We must popularise the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi in the world: PM Modi in Seoul.
The basis of relations between India and Korea is not just a business contract, but the People to People contact. All Indians living here are the foundations of our relationship: PM Modi in South Korea.
In South Korea, there is great respect for Indian Medha and skill. You are contributing to research and innovation in Korea. Living in India, you are providing R & D facilities to Korean companies, says the prime minister.
This contact of affinity between India and Korea is not new. In ancient times, Indian princess Suriratna travelled over thousands of kilometres to visit the country: PM Narendra Modi.