India and South Korea held high level defence talks in Seoul

Apr 20, 2015 16:15 IST

India and South Korea on 18 April 2015 held high level defence talks in Seoul. The talks were held on the sidelines of four day visit of Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to South Korea.

The meeting was held with South Korean Defence Minister Han Min-koo at the Ministry of Defence of Korea in Seoul.

Parrikar also met Admiral Choi, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Minister Chang of the Defence Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA); National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-jin.

In all his meetings, the Defence Minister offered sincere condolences on the first anniversary of the Sewol ferry disaster that happened in April 2014, in which over 300 lives were lost.

During the meeting with Admiral Choi, the two sides discussed existing bilateral defence relations.

Both sides recognized that the relationship was one in which there are no obstacles to realizing the significant potential for military to military ties.

Also, the two sides recognized that their shared perspectives on regional and international issues created a firm foundation for cooperation in defence production, research and development.

Parrikar and Defence Minister Han focussed in particular on ways of expanding contact between the defence establishments on both sides, and ways of building deep partnerships between Indian and Korean defence industries.

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