INDIA and South Korea signed two MoUs pertaining to defence co-operation during Defence Minister Rajnath Singh’s visit to the East Asian nation. The MoUs are aimed at furthering defence educational exchanges and extension of mutual logistical support for the navies of both countries, Defence Ministry officials said on Friday.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh with the Minister of National Defence, Republic of Korea, Jeong Kyeongdoo in Seoul on Thursday. The Defence Secretary, Dr Ajay Kumar and the Secretary (Defence Production), Subhash Chandra are also seen. (ANI)
Singh met his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeongdoo on Thursday during his three-day visit to the country, which will end on Friday. “Had productive discussions with the Minister of National Defence of RoK, Mr Jeong Kyeong-Doo, during bilateral meeting. The ongoing defence cooperation engagements have made good progress in recent years. We agreed that there was great potential to further enhance these ties,” he tweeted. According to a Ministry official, the two leaders had a comprehensive review of bilateral defence co-operation and noted that defence co-operation lies at the heart of the Special Strategic Partnership between India and South Korea.
Ongoing co-operation at service-to-service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea were also discussed apart from exchange of views on regional and international developments of mutual interest. Earlier, Singh paid homage at the National Cemetery of Korea and also visited the War Memorial where he presented a copy of the citation received by the Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during the Korean War.
“Visited the War Memorial at Seoul in Republic of Korea today. The sacrifice and dedication of the UN forces and veterans in the Korean War will never be forgotten,” Singh wrote in another tweet. Want to expand defence, maritime coop with Japan S Korea, says Rajanth: DEFENCE Minister Rajnath Singh on Friday said India wants to increase defence and maritime cooperation with Japan and South Korea.
“The motive of Seoul Defence Dialogue is to promote peace and cooperation. I met Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean Prime Minister. I also met Defence Ministers from both the countries. Both countries are our strategic partners. We want to expand defence cooperation and maritime cooperation with them. I felt that Japan and Korea too, want to expand their cooperation with India,” he said while talking to media here. The Defence Minister said talks regarding defence cooperation have gone well.
“We talked about that too, that they should invest in our country and the Indian government would provide maximum facilities. If investments take place, it will be a boost to ‘Make in India’,” he added. Singh said he got a positive response from Japanese and Korean leaders on the issue of tackling terrorism. “They all want terrorism to be uprooted and on this question, the international community should be on board,” he said.