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South Korean first lady meets PM, interacts with school students

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

South Korean Kim Jung-met Modi Monday as they discussed ways to promote people-to-people exchanges between the two countries.

Kim is visiting at the invitation of Modi and she will be the chief guest at the 'Deepotsav' event being organised by the government and the ground-breaking ceremony of the new memorial of (Heo Hwang-ok) in Ayodhya on Tuesday.

In their meeting on Monday, Modi and Kim discussed the deep civilisational and spiritual links between and Korea, and exchanged views on promoting people-to-people exchanges, a statement from said.

She also congratulated the on being awarded the Seoul Peace Prize.

The prime minister said this honour truly belongs to the people of

Modi also warmly recalled the successful visit of Moon Jae-in to India in July 2018, which imparted fresh momentum to

Earlier in the day, had called on Kim.

The Korean also interacted with school students here on Monday, the first of her official engagements during her India visit.

Kim arrived here Sunday on a four-day visit.

"Affectionate bonding. EAM @SushmaSwaraj calls on the of the Republic of Korea, Mrs Kim Jung- India and ROK (Republic of Korea) share a special strategic partnership since 2015 and our relations have deepened and diversified in recent years," tweeted.

After her meeting with Swaraj, the first lady visited the ASN Senior Secondary school in East where she interacted with students.

The school has a tie up with South Korea's Jeonnam (Chonnam) since 2015 and the institutes have an exchange programme for their students and teachers.

Addressing a group of students, Kim urged them to study hard and help in the growth of their nations.

The future generation will help in further cementing the Indo-Korean ties, she said.

With the political leadership in India and Korea working to strengthen ties, the students will get more opportunities to visit each others countries, she said.

The Korean first lady will visit and from there, on Tuesday, she will leave for Ayodhya where she will attend the ground-breaking ceremony of the memorial.

"The First Lady's participation in the festivities in Ayodhya will showcase our close civilisational links as well as the ongoing deepening engagement between our two countries," the MEA had said last week.

According to Korean legends, from Ayodhya had travelled to Korea and married and became some 2000 years ago.

The South Korean First Lady will also attend the 'Deepotsav' event in the evening on Tuesday.

Kim will leave for on Wednesday for a visit to thee before heading home.

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First Published: Mon, November 05 2018. 21:30 IST