- The 3rd India – Republic of Korea (ROK) Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue (FPSD) was held in Seoul today. The Indian side was led by Mr. Ashok K. Kantha, Secretary (East), Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) and included Ambassador Vishnu Prakash and senior representatives of the Ministries of External Affairs, Defense and Civil Aviation. The ROK side was led by First Vice Minister for Foreign Affairs Mr. Kim Kyou-hyun.
- Secretary Kantha and members of his delegation called on Foreign Minister Mr. Yun Byung-se and had a meeting with Ambassador Ju Chul-ki, Senior Secretary to the President for Foreign Affairs & National Security. Foreign Minister Yun will visit India in early November for the bilateral Joint Commission Meeting and to participate in the ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting.
- Both sides discussed ways to further expand and deepen their Strategic Partnership. They undertook a comprehensive review of bilateral ties, including in the fields of economic collaboration, defense and security cooperation, cultural exchanges and people-to-people contacts. In this context they discussed the potential for space and nuclear cooperation, upgrading of the bilateral Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and collaboration in defense production. They agreed to step up cooperation in the spheres of maritime and cyber security. The two sides discussed the possible outcomes from the forthcoming visit to India of the President of ROK, H.E. Madame Park Geun-hye.
- Discussing regional and international subjects of mutual interest, the sides agreed to step up coordination on East Asian regional issues. The ROK side provided a briefing on the situation in the Korean Peninsula. Views were also exchanged on the recent developments in Afghanistan.
- It was agreed that the 4th India-ROK Foreign Policy and Security Dialogue will be held at New Delhi at a mutually convenient time in 2014.
September 2, 2013
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