President Patil in South Korea on three-day visit
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Last Updated: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 19:52
Seoul: President Pratibha Patil arrived here on Sunday on a three-day visit during which she will hold crucial talks on matters of mutual interest, including nuclear commerce, defence and trade, aimed at strengthening bilateral ties with South Korea.

Patil was given a red-carpet welcome at the Air Base here amid synchronised beating of drums by a contingent of about 100 young men and women dressed in colourful traditional attire and defence uniforms.

The group also played the Indian national anthem to welcome the President and her entourage and fired the ceremonial canon fire.

The President, who is on a week-long tour of Korea and Mongolia will meet her counterparts in both the nations.

On the first leg of her visit here, she was received by Korean Second Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Min Dong-Seok, among other senior officials.

Patil is accompanied by her husband Devisingh Shekhawat, parliamentarians, and senior government officials.

The visit to both the East Asian nations are part of country's 'Look East Policy' aimed at furthering mutual relationships with them.

South Korea, a manufacturing hub, is known for being a home to companies like LG, Samsung, Hyundai and Daewoo -- renowned for producing world class electronic appliances, automobiles, and other Information Technology based products.

South Korean President Lee Myung bak had in January last year visited India as a chief guest at the country's Republic Day celebrations.


First Published: Sunday, July 24, 2011, 19:52

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