The leaders of South Korea and India agreed on June 28 to step up efforts for synergies between their key diplomatic strategies aimed at broadening partnerships with more countries in Asia.
President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had bilateral talks in Osaka on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit.
“They discussed ways for expanding substantive cooperation between the countries and regional security conditions,” Cheong Wa Dae said.
They agreed to create “synergies by finding common ground” between Korea’s New Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy, it said, referring to Moon’s diplomatic policy of improving strategic ties mainly with the 10-member ASEAN and India.
Under the Act East Policy, Modi has sought to broadly promote ties with ASEAN and East Asia.
Moon requested Modi’s continued interest and support for Korean firms seeking partnerships in the arms industry.
The president also noted that Indian people have become able to visit South Korea more conveniently with the launch of the group tourist visa service for them in March.
Modi cited his “deep friendship and trust” with Moon as highlighted by brisk summit-level exchanges between the sides over the past year.
By Ram Garikipati and newswires (firstname.lastname@example.org)