Sushma to visit Seoul, n-energy, trade on table

Swaraj will co-chair the 8th Joint Commission meeting with her South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se.

By: Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:December 27, 2014 12:31 am

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will travel to Seoul Sunday on a three-day visit during which India and South Korea will discuss ways to boost cooperation in key sectors like nuclear energy, trade and investment and defence, particularly in ship-building.

Swaraj will co-chair the 8th Joint Commission meeting with her South Korean counterpart Yun Byung-se which will take stock of the entire gamut of bilateral relationship besides focusing on ways to enhance ties in a range of areas.

In tune with the government’s priority for speedy economic growth, the External Affairs Minister will seek greater investment by Korean companies by participating in the ‘Make in India’ initiative in a big way.

Ministry Spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said the government was “extremely keen” that Korean shipyards participate in India’s ship-building activities, including in the defence sector in which 49 per cent FDI is allowed.

Nuclear cooperation is also likely to figure in talks between Swaraj and Korean leaders as both the countries have already identified possible areas of engagement, including on next generation reactors.

During her stay, Swaraj will have meetings with the Minister of National Defence, the Minister of Trade, Industry and Energy, the National Security Advisor and leading Korean industrialists. She will also call on South Korean President Park Geun-hye.

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