President Yoon Suk-yeol met with Ambassador Sripriya Ranganathan of India in Seoul on May 6 and expressed his gratitude for Prime Minister Modi's congratulations on his election, spokesperson Bae Hyun-jin said in a written briefing.
President Yoon said, “Ahead of the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties next year, the two countries have been closely cooperating in various fields based on historical ties and friendly relations. In the future, I hope that national cooperation with India, which represents liberal democracy and market economy, as well as national exchanges will become more active,” he said.
Yoon said, “The two countries should develop cooperation related to new industries, advanced technologies, and supply chains based on a complementary economic structure to create synergy effects. India is leading the world in the field of advanced science and technology.”
He also said, “Korea and India, key countries in the Indo-Pacific region, should cooperate strategically for world peace and prosperity. India's government should give active support to help South Korea forge deep relations with the Quad Working Group."
President Yoon said, "In response to repeated North Korean provocations, the new government will remain open to dialogue with North Korea, but will respond decisively to such provocations. We look forward to India, a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council, working closely to lead a united international response.”
Ambassador Ranganathan actively sympathized with all the proposals of President Yoon, and responded by saying, “As ambassador to Korea, I will continue to make efforts to promote cooperation between the two countries.”