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IAF Chief holds talks with South Korean defence minister

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Chief Air Chief Marshal today called on South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin to discuss ways of expanding military ties between the two countries.

"Accompanied by Ambassador Prakash, Browne and members of his delegation called on the South Korean Defence Minister Kim Kwan-jin, who had visited last year," an Indian embassy release from Seoul said.

In the meeting, the South Korean minister "expressed happiness at expanding strategic and defence engagement between the two countries, underlining the desirability of greater cooperation and coordination on regional and international security issues".

He appreciated India's positive role in maintaining peace and stability in the Korean Peninsula, the release said.

The chief is in Seoul on a four-day official visit at the invitation of his counterpart, Chairman Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) General Jung Seung-jo.

In parleys with General Jung, both sides discussed expanding bilateral cooperation, as well as, regional and international issues of interest.

In the next two days of the visit, Browne will visit South Korea's military operations and training establishments, as well as, defence industries.

The visit of the chief is taking place within the framework of the 40th Anniversary of establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations between the two countries.

It comes on the heels of visit of National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon who was in Seoul from 30 June to July 2.

First Published: Mon, July 08 2013. 19:05 IST