Moon, Modi to hold bilateral summit Tuesday
SEOUL, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a summit next week to discuss ways to further improve the relationship between their countries and expand economic cooperation, Seoul's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae said Thursday.
Moon is set to embark on a two-nation trip on Sunday that will later take him to Singapore.
"President Moon Jae-in will make state visits to India and Singapore between July 8 and July 13," said Nam Gwan-pyo, a senior director at the presidential National Security Office.
The trip to India will mark the first of its kind since Moon took office in May 2017, while the state visit to Singapore will mark the first of its kind by a South Korean leader in 15 years, the Cheong Wa Dae official told reporters.
"We expect the trip to be an important opportunity to strengthen friendship and trust between the leaders and to create a basis for the development of our country's complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation with India and Singapore to establish future-oriented and strategic relations with the countries," he said.
The Moon-Modi summit will be held Tuesday, two days after the South Korean president arrives in New Delhi, according to a Cheong Wa Dae official who asked not to be identified.
On Monday, the South Korean leader will attend a joint business forum of South Korean and Indian business leaders, at which he is widely expected to stress the importance of economic cooperation between the two countries.
His state visit will officially began the following day with a welcome ceremony, followed by his bilateral summit with the Indian prime minister, which marks the second of its kind since Moon took office. The two leaders first met on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit held in Germany last year.
During his four-day stay in India, Moon is scheduled to attend a ceremony marking the construction of a production facility of Samsung Electronics Co., according to Cheong Wa Dae officials.
He will head to Singapore on Wednesday for a bilateral summit with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong the next day.
Moon's visit to Singapore follows the historic summit between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held there on June 12.
The Cheong Wa Dae officials said the president is expected to unveil a new economic development plan for his country and North Korea in a special Singapore lecture scheduled to be delivered Friday.
"The government has declared its New Northern and New Southern policies. These eventually lead to peace and prosperity of the Korean Peninsula. However, they do not end at the Korean Peninsula but lead to the peace and prosperity of Northeast Asia and Southeast Asia," an official said.
Cheong Wa Dae earlier said Moon will also hold talks with Singaporean President Halimah Yacob during his three-day state visit to Singapore, a member and rotating chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Moon will return home on Friday.
Source: Yonhap News Agency