New Delhi (NVI): India and South Korea today agreed to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, including in the areas of defence and facilitating essential air travel between the two countries in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Riva Ganguly Das, Secretary(East) from Ministry of External Affairs and the Republic of Korea (ROK) First Vice Foreign Minister Choi Jong-kun held consultations through digital video conference, MEA said in a statement.
“The consultations covered issues related to bilateral cooperation and also international issues of mutual interest including high-level bilateral exchanges, defense and security cooperation, COVID-19 response, coordination in multilateral forums,” the Ministry said.
“Both sides agreed to further strengthen the high level exchanges in 2021 and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation, including the areas of defence and in particular on enhancing defence industry cooperation,” read the official statement.
They also exchanged views on cooperation in the context of COVID-19, including facilitating essential air travel between the two countries, the Ministry said.
Vice Minister Choi highlighted the steps being considered by ROK Government to further relax the travel restrictions for foreigners including Indian citizens traveling to Republic of Korea, restrictions on numbers per flight and categories of visas, it said. The two sides also agreed to continue ongoing consultations for an air bubble arrangement.
“Vice Minister Choi appreciated the leadership role played by India in tackling common global challenges such as Climate Change and Disaster Management through its initiatives such as International Solar Alliance (ISA) and Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and indicated ROK’s willingness to continue to work with India on these issues,” the Ministry said.