Moon Calls for Closer Ties with India

  • By Jeong Woo-sang

    July 10, 2018 11:04

    President Moon Jae-in said Monday he hopes to elevate relations with India to the same level as with the world's four "superpowers," the U.S., China, Japan and Russia.

    Moon made the remarks in a meeting with Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj before meeting Tuesday with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

    "India's annual economic growth rate stands at around seven percent, and considering its birthrate the country will have a population of 1.4 billion by 2025 and surpass China's population," a government official here explained. 

    President Moon Jae-in (second from left) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (second from right) are given a tour of a Samsung smartphone plant in India by Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong (third from left) on Monday. /Newsis

    Moon also gave a keynote speech at the Korea-India Business Forum that drew around 400 business participants from both countries. During a visit to the Gandhi Memorial Museum with Modi, the Indian prime minister voiced hopes of elevating bilateral ties "to a new level."

    Moon and Modi then met Samsung chief Lee Jae-yong at a ceremony to cut the ribbon on a Samsung smartphone factory in the northern province of Uttar Pradesh.

    Moon and Lee spoke one-to-one on the sidelines of the event, the first time since taking office that Moon met the convicted Samsung chief.

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