Antony on South Korea visit from Wednesday
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Last Updated: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 22:05
  
New Delhi: Military ties between India and South Korea are expected to receive a major boost when Defence Minister A K Antony pays a two-day visit to Seoul starting tomorrow.

The visit is part of India's 'Look East' policy and would be the first ever by an Indian defence minister to South Korea, Ministry officials said.

"Issues including defence cooperation for peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region and bilateral cooperation in manufacturing of military equipment will be discussed between the Defence Minister and the top South Korean leadership," they added.

Many South Korean companies have expressed interest in the modernisation programme of Indian defence forces including the basic trainer aircraft procurement programme of the Air Force and Navy's warship construction programme.

Defence Secretary Pradeep Kumar, Additional Secretary Sundaram Krishna, Vice Admiral R K Dhowan, Lt General K T Parnaik and DRDO scientist Prahlada would be the part of Defence Minister's delegation.

The delegation will also visit some of the military establishments there.

The visit was planned as a follow-up of the declaration issued by both countries during the visit of South Korean President Lee Myung-Bak in January this year when the two sides had decided to elevate their bilateral relationship to a "strategic partnership", officials said.

The level of defence relationship between the two sides was elevated in 2005, when they signed a MoU on cooperation in defence, industry and logistics. The two sides signed another MoU for cooperation between the Coast Guards in March 2006.

PTI


First Published: Tuesday, August 31, 2010, 22:05


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