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India's Modi due in Seoul next week for summit with Moon

16:30 February 14, 2019

SEOUL, Feb. 14 (Yonhap) -- Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit South Korea next week for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Moon's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.

The Indian leader will be on a two-day state visit starting from next Thursday.

"President Moon will hold summit talks with Prime Minister Modi on Feb. 22 and host a state dinner after attending a signing ceremony for a memorandum of understanding," Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said in a press release.

Modi's trip will reciprocate Moon's state visit to New Delhi in July. It will also be his second visit to South Korea as India's head of state following his state visit in May 2015.

At their upcoming talks, the two leaders will discuss ways to further improve the countries' "special strategic partnership" and expand their bilateral cooperation to infrastructure, science and technology, space development and the defense industry, the spokesman said.

India is the world's second-most populous nation and sixth-largest economy. Seoul and New Delhi upgraded their bilateral ties to a special strategic partnership during Moon's trip to the South Asian country last year.

"In addition, the two leaders plan to reaffirm India's all-out support for the peace process on the Korean Peninsula that our government is pushing for and to discuss ways to cooperate for peace and prosperity of not only the Korean Peninsula but the entire globe," the spokesman said.

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