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PM Modi visits National Cemetary in Seoul, pays homage to Korean martyrs

Prime Minister Modi will receive the Seoul Peace Prize announced by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation in October last year

Press Trust of India  |  Seoul 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his silent tribute during his visit to the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea | Photo: Reuters
Prime Minister Narendra Modi pays his silent tribute during his visit to the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea | Photo: Reuters

Prime Minister on Friday laid a wreath at the Cemetery in Seoul and paid tribute to the fallen soldiers, including those who died in the

Prime Minister Modi arrived on a two-day visit to on Thursday to strengthen India's strategic ties with the country.

On the first day of his visit, Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the prestigious Yonsei University in Seoul along with and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

"PM laid a wreath at the Cemetery of Republic of Korea that entombs remains of 165000 martyrs and paid homage to the fallen soldiers," External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said.

Established in 1956, the Cemetery is reserved for Korean veterans, including those who died in the Korean independence movement, and Vietnam War.

The prime minister was also accorded a ceremonial reception at the official residence of South Korean President Moon.

"PM was accorded an official reception he The Blue House, the executive office and official residence of President Moon in Seoul," Kumar said in a tweet.

Modi is visiting on the invitation of President Moon. This is his second visit to the Republic of Korea since 2015 and second summit meeting with the South Korean president.

The prime minister will receive the Seoul Peace Prize announced by the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation in October last year.

Earlier in his departure statement, Modi said his visit was reflective of the importance "we both attach to our relationship".

First Published: Fri, February 22 2019. 08:30 IST
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