Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in South Korea on Thursday for his two-day visit. The two countries will seek to enhance cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment. He will also participate in various programmes during the visit, aimed at boosting New Delhi’s trade and cultural ties with Seoul. He was greeted by cheering members of the Indian community at Lotte Hotel in the capital.
PM Modi left for South Korea on Wednesday on an invitation of South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said the visit would strengthen India's special strategic partnership with South Korea and add dynamism to the Look East Policy.
"Continuing the momentum of high-level exchanges. PM @narendramodi emplanes for Seoul on a 2-day State Visit to the Republic of Korea," Raveesh Kumar had tweeted earlier.
This is Modi's second visit to the Republic of Korea and a second summit meeting with President Moon Jae-in. Ahead of his visit, the Prime Minister had described South Korea as an important partner for India's key initiatives such as 'Make in India', and said as fellow democracies the two nations share values and vision for regional and global peace.
In his departure statement, he said his visit is reflective of the importance "we both attach to our relationship".
"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," the Prime Minister said.
"As fellow market economies, our needs and strengths are complementary. South Korea is an important partner for our 'Make in India' initiative as well as in our 'Start Up India' and 'Clean India' initiatives," Modi said.