Manmohan to leave on a four-day visit to South Korea
New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will leave on Saturday on a four-day visit to South Korea where he will seek to strengthen ties with the Asian economic partner and also participate in the Nuclear Security Summit.
During his visit to Seoul, Singh is scheduled to hold talks with President Lee Myung-bak on Sunday to form closer economic ties. This will be the second official visit by an Indian prime minister to South Korea after the visit of P V Narasimha Rao in 1993.
The two countries will sign an agreement on smooth issuance of visas and followed by a joint statement by Lee Myung-bak and Mahmohan Singh.
"The Prime Minister’s visit aims to give depth and greater meaning to our Strategic Partnership and to the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement," Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said ahead of the visit.
Singh would also seek to strengthen people-to-people contacts between the two countries, strengthen cooperation in the field of science and technology, and also coordinate the thinking on matters relating to regional security and international events.
Singh is also scheduled to interact with leading CEOs of South Korean corporations on Monday morning. On Monday evening, the prime minister will attend a dinner for the leaders attending the second Nuclear Security Summit.
The leaders, including US President Barack Obama and 57 others, will review the progress made since the first Nuclear Summit held in Washington in 2010.
Steps to strengthen nuclear security and measures to prevent terrorists getting access to atomic weapons will top the agenda of the Summit.
"The main objective of the summit has been high-level attention on the global threat posed by nuclear terrorism and the measures that are required to prevent terrorists and other non-state actors from gaining access to sensitive nuclear materials and technologies," Ranjan Mathai said.