Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday received the prestigious Seoul Peace Prize for 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth. He becomes the 14th recepient of the award.
Past laureates include former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and international relief organizations like Doctors Without Borders and Oxfam.
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Prime Minister Modi, who is on a two-day visit to South Korea, met South Korean President Moon Jae-in, former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and top leaders of the country to strengthen India’s strategic ties with South Korea.
Modi is visiting South Korea 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.
Earlier, Modi laid a wreath at the National Cemetery of Republic of Korea that entombs remains of 1, 65, 000 martyrs who died in the Korean independence movement, Korean War and Vietnam War.
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During the visit, India and South Korea signed seven agreements to enhance cooperation in key areas, including infrastructure development, media, start-ups and combating trans-border and international crime, during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the country.
The memorandum of understandings (MoUs) were signed after the two leaders held “constructive” talks on enhancing bilateral cooperation in a number of areas including trade, investment, defence and security.