Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday morning reached South Korean capital city of Seoul as a part of his crucial three-nation visit. The Prime Minister, who has toured China and Mongolia before will be in South Korea for two days. In his first public visit, the Prime Minister addressed the gathering organised by the Indian Diaspora of Seoul.
Emphasising his enthusiastic reception organised by the Indian Diaspora in China and Mongolia after his official meetings, he chose to address the Indian community in South Korea first. While addressing the Indian community in Kyung Hee University the PM said, “In the last one year the world’s perception has changed about India and now people are excited to return their country”.
“Earlier citizens of India used to regret being born here. They all wanted to leave the country for better opportunities. Now they are ready to return even if they earn less in India than abroad,” PM Modi said.
Signing crucial agreements between the two nations he said he is impressed by Korea’s growth. Addressing the media after meeting with South Korean President Park Geun-Hye, he said “We consider Korea a crucial partner in India’s economic modernisation”.
Recalling the sayings of Rabindra Nath Tagore by denoting Korea as the ‘Lamp of the East’, the Prime Minister told that India’s growth story is not possible without Indian Diaspora in Korea.
Counting his government’s stand on foreign policy, he said my govt has an ‘Act East Policy’ and not a ‘Look East Policy’.
He also highlighted the importance of BRICS claiming that the group of countries is incomplete without India. He further said that the entire global rating institutions and the World Bank have echoed in a similar tone that India is the fastest growing economy of the world.
Making a veiled reference on his ambitious “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan”, he also said that it is shameful that in the 21st century that a large number of women had to go toilet in the open. He emphatically said that development is the solution to all the problems of India.
On highlighting India’s relations with the neighbours, he said it is time for India to actively engage with the other Asian countries. PM said that his government is continually raising and supporting humanity issues on the world platform by insisting that humanity is in the centre of India’s diplomatic relations with other countries.
Claiming the achievement on part of his government, he said that the BJP-led NDA government saved the lives of Indian fishermen who were sentenced to death by the Sri Lanka govt. This is possible because of India’s brilliant democratic relations with the others.
The Prime Minister will finish his 2 day South Korea’s visit on Tuesday after which he’ll fly back home.