India-South Korea Current Affairs - 2019

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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh meets his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeong-doo

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh held talks with his South Korean counterpart Jeong Kyeongdoo, Minister of National Defence, on the second day of his 3-day visit to Republic of Korea (ROK) in Seoul. Indian Defence Minister is on a three-day visit to South Korea with an aim to intensify bilateral defence and security relations.

Key Highlights of Meet

Two leaders comprehensively reviewed bilateral defence co-operation between the countries and noted that defence co-operation lies at heart of Special Strategic Partnership between India and ROK. Both also exchanged views on regional and international developments of mutual interest.

Discussions were held on ongoing co-operation at Service-to-Service level and prospects for enhanced co-operation between defence industries of India and Korea.

Agreements Signed: To further the defence educational exchanges and to extend logistical support to each other’s Navies both countries signed two major agreements. This agreement is expected to enhance defence co-operation between two countries.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also paid homage at National Cemetery of Korea to brave martyrs who had laid down their lives for Korean nation. He also visited War Memorial to which he presented a copy of citation received by Indian 60th Para Field Hospital for its exceptional contributions during Korean War (1950 –1953).

India-Korea Defence Ties

India is already developing strong military hardware cooperation with South Korea as Indian Army has already inducted K-9 Vajra self-propelled howitzers (which is a modified version of South Korea’s Samsung-Techwin K-9 Thunder) built in partnership with Indian firm Larsen and Toubro (L&T) and South Korean Hanwha Techwin.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh addresses 8th Seoul Defense Defence Dialogue 2019

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh delivered a keynote address at ‘Seoul Defence Dialogue 2019’ during his visit to South Korea. The theme of Defence Dialogue was- ‘Building Peace Together: Challenges and Vision’. Defence Minister is on a 3-day visit to Seoul.

Key Highlights of Address

During the address Defence Minister highlighted that among the numerous security challenges that world is facing, gravest is that of terrorism as no country in world is safe from terrorism.

He called for collective international action to check perpetrators of terrorism. He also advocated strong measures against those who support and finance terrorism and provide sanctuary to terrorists.

India has been actively pursuing counter terrorism cooperation bilaterally, regionally and globally through United Nations and other fora.

With world politics today being in a state of flux, it has aggravated global and regional challenges to international peace and security. Also, new and emerging technologies have impacted regional and global security environment.

India’s neighboring region is confronted with numerous traditional and non-traditional security threats such as transnational crimes, terrorism, conflicts, maritime threats, proliferation as well as the challenges of sustainable development.

India’s ‘neighbourhood first policy’: As India’s foreign policy has always prioritized on good relations with its neighbours, therefore India also supports for peace and stability in Korean Peninsula and its denuclearisation through dialogue and diplomacy.

India has also strengthened co-operative engagements in Indo-Pacific region on basis of principle of SAGARSecurity and Growth for All in the Region, a principle that remains cornerstone of India’s outlook for Indo-Pacific region.

About Seoul Defense Dialogue 2019

It was held in Seoul, capital of South Korea.

Defense officials and experts from around 50 countries and 5 international organizations attended the Dialogue, however, U.S. representative did not attend.

Background: Seoul Defense Dialogue was launched in 2012 as a vice ministerial level multilateral security consultation regime for talks on Asia-Pacific cooperation and peace on Korean Peninsula.