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S. Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin, 10-Member Delegation Visit India
S. Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin is being led by his Indian counterpart Raksha Mantri during his visit to India.

South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-Jin led a 10- member delegation to India from Nov. 28 to Dec. 1, 2012. His official visit followed that of India’s Defense Minister A K Antony to South Korea in September 2010.

On Nov. 29, 2012 Minister Kim visited "60 Parachute Field Hospital," a medical unit of the Indian Army at Agra, which had deployed 600 medical personnel at Taegu during the Korean War. The unit had treated over 200,000 Koreans during 1950-54. He also toured the Archives and Gallery of the Unit, displaying rare photographs and memorabilia of the Korean War.

In his address to the Indian troops he conveyed his deep appreciation for the outstanding role and contributions of the medical unit and 5,000 Indian troops that had served in the Korean Peninsula, as part of the UN Neutral Nations Repatriation Commission. Later in the day he visited the world famous Taj Mahal, which is one of the seven wonders of the world.

On Nov. 30, 2012 Minister Kim paid homage to the martyrs of the nation at India Gate. He was next accorded an impressive ceremonial Guard of Honour by the Indian Armed Forces and warmly received by India’s Defence Minister Raksha Mantri at the imposing and historic South Block building constructed in early 1900s.

The two ministers exchanged views in a restricted meeting which followed delegation level talks. The wide ranging discussions, between defense ministers of two of the friendliest of countries and strategic partners, covered the entire gamut of bilateral, regional and contemporary issues of common interest and concern, relating to peace, security and defence cooperation.

The three Service Chiefs called on the visiting dignitary who also had a number other engagements. Minister Kim described his visit to India as "highly successful and satisfying." It has been instrumental in further enhancing mutual understanding and cooperation in a variety of defense and security related areas between the two countries.

The above story was provided from the Inidan Embassy in Seoul.

Hyeleen (Lynne) Park
Interpreter and Marketing Assistant
Embassy of India, Seoul
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