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.

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