President Moon Jae-in during his visit to Japan on the occasion of the G20 Summit met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a bilateral summit conference room in INTEX Osaka this afternoon. The two leaders discussed regional issues and how to promote substantive cooperation between the two countries.
President Moon said, “From early March this year, the Korean Government began to issue group tour visas to Indian citizens. I hope that a greater number of Indians will be able to visit Korea conveniently so that exchanges between our two countries will grow more vibrant.” In addition, President Moon asked Prime Minister Modi to look into the issue of Korean citizens finding it difficult to secure approval for extended stays in India.
In reply, Prime Minister Modi said that Korea-India relations have developed further thanks to President Moon's leadership, adding that he would instruct relevant officials to address the issue mentioned above as early as possible for the sake of promoting people-to-people exchanges.
Noting that India now strives to boost technological prowess and productivity in the steel sector, the Indian Prime Minister requested Korean businesses' investments. In response, President Moon said he hoped relevant businesses from both countries would be able to engage in consultations to flesh out means of cooperation.
The two leaders concurred that they should find common ground for cooperation between Korea’s New Southern Policy and India’s Act East Policy in a bid to create synergy. To that end, they agreed to closely cooperate on regional peace and stability while continuously identifying concrete, cooperative projects by establishing a high-level consultative body between the two countries.
In addition, the two leaders exchanged opinions on diverse areas, including economic and defense industry cooperation as well as people-to-people exchanges between the two nations. Prime Minister Modi said that the Indian Government would actively review and carry forward all matters put forth by President Moon.