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Visit of Minister of State for External Affairs General Dr. V.K. Singh (Retd.) to the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

May 16, 2018

  • At the invitation of the Government of Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Minister of State for External Affairs General Dr. V.K. Singh (Retd.) is on an official visit to DPRK from 15 to 16 May 2018. This is the first Ministerial level visit from India to DPRK after a gap of almost 20 years. India and DPRK established formal diplomatic relations on 10 December 1973 and this year marks the 45th year of establishment of diplomatic relations.
  • During the visit, MOS held discussions with the H.E. Mr. Kim Yong Dae, Vice President of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, H.E. Mr. Ri Yong Ho, Foreign Minister, H.E. Mr. Pak Chun Nam, Minister of Culture and Mr. Choe Hui Chol, Vice Foreign Minister of DPRK on a range of issues covering political, regional, economic, educational and cultural cooperation between the two countries.
  • The DPRK side provided an overview of some of the recent developments in the Korean Peninsula. MOS reiterated India’s support to the joint peace initiative of DPRK and Republic of Korea (ROK) leadership, encouraging both sides for their efforts towards establishment of peace and prosperity on the Korean Peninsula. MOS highlighted the threat from nuclear proliferation, in particular India’s concerns in the context of the proliferation linkages with India’s neighbourhood. The DPRK side emphasized that as a friendly country DPRK will never allow any action that would create concerns for India’s security.
  • The two sides decided to explore possibilities of cooperation in areas of mutual interest including vocational education, agriculture, pharmaceuticals, promotion of Yoga and traditional medicines. Both sides agreed to strengthen people to people contacts through educational and cultural exchange, to mark 45 years of establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
New Delhi
May 16, 2018

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