First Lady Kim Jung-sook, who is visiting India at the official invitation of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met with Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj at 10:00 am (local time) as the first event on her itinerary.
At their 25-minute meeting, First Lady Kim expressed her appreciation for Prime Minister Modi having invited her to the Diwali festival as the guest of honor. She also highlighted the importance of a special strategic partnership between Korea and India and the resultant synergy effect benefiting the two countries. In addition, the First Lady restated her commitment to playing whatever role she could to the fullest for the sake of promoting bilateral relations.
Saying she understood that India is the first country the First Lady has visited without the President, Minister Swaraj added that the Indian side was all the more pleased. The Minister described the Indian people’s high expectations for the First Lady's visit, noting that government officials and many residents in Ayodhya, where the Diwali festival would take place, were looking forward to it as well.
Speaking of the special bilateral relations that started 2000 years ago, Minister of External Affairs Swaraj said that many Indians have a deep empathetic bond with Korea. The Minister also expressed the hope that the visit by the First Lady would help draw Korea and India even closer together.
The First Lady mentioned local news coverage about her visit to India and expressed her gratitude once more for India’s warm hospitality.