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PM Modi Honored By South Korea, Receives The Seoul Peace Prize

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| February 22 , 2019 , 13:22 IST

Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on a two-day visit to South Korea was accorded a ceremonial welcome in Seoul.

This is PM Modi's second visit to the country, which aims at strengthening the special strategic partnership between the two nations as well as bolstering bilateral trade and cultural ties.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi received the Seoul Peace Prize on Friday. Addressing a meeting of Indian expats in Seoul, he said the prize will honour India’s 1.3 billion population.

PM Modi said, "The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India and our country’s culture of peace and harmony."

"This award does not belong to me personally but to the people of India, the success India has achieved in the last 5 years, powered by the skill of 1.3 billion people," he added.

Thanking his countrymen PM Modi said, "I dedicate this award to the 1.3 billion people of India for giving me the opportunity to serve them. I am honoured that this award is being conferred on me in the year that we celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi."

The Seoul Peace Prize was established to commemorate the success of the 24th Summer Olympics held in Seoul in 1988. The games ended on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday.

"I express my gratitude to President Moon for his condolences on Pulwama Attack and support against terror. MoU signed between the two countries today will further take forward our counter-terrorism agenda," PM Modi said in Seoul.

He further said, "Defence sector is an important part of our growing partnership with South Korea. An example of this is the induction of K-9 Vajra artillery gun in the Indian Army."

"Like Korea, India has also suffered the pain of division and cross-border strife," he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also laid a wreath at the National Cemetery and paid tribute to the fallen soldiers, including those who died in the Korean War.

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"A few weeks before the Seoul Olympics, an organisation called al-Qaida was formed. Today, radicalisation and terrorism have become globalized and are the biggest threats to global peace and security," PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived early on Thursday morning for a two-day visit in South Korea on the invitation of President Moon Jae–in order to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea and seek to enhance bilateral cooperation in diverse areas, including trade and investment.