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India-South Korea High Level Defence Talks
Apr 20, 2015

In his state visit to South Korea the Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar 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; and Minister of Defence of the South Korea in Seoul.  During the meeting 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. 

  • 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. 

  • India emphasized that in recognition of the importance India attaches to Soth Korea as a partner it had chosen to make South Korea the destination for his first visit under the Make in India campaign.

  • Both sides agreed to enhance their efforts to develop mutually-beneficial partnerships in defence production.

  • The two Defence Ministers discussed regional and global issues of peace and security. 

  • They also discussed ways of intensifying bilateral cooperation in security and defence and considered ways to enhance these ties in a manner more commensurate with close strategic partners. 

  • Both countries 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.

  • The Indian Defence Minister also had one-to-one meetings with Korean defence industries, and an informal meeting with the Indian IIT alumni association in Korea. 


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