Prime Minister Narendra Modi today congratulated South Korea’s new President Moon Jae-in on his election and said he looks forward to working with him closely as strategic partners, a PTI report said.
“I warmly congratulate H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in upon his election as President of the Republic of Korea,” he tweeted in English and Korean languages. “I look forward to meeting H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in soon and also look forward to working closely as special strategic partners,” Modi added.
Moon took charge as the president of South Korea today, after the National Election Commission declared him winner yesterday.
I look forward to meeting H.E. Mr. Moon Jae-in soon and also look forward to working closely as special strategic partners. @MoonJaeIn365
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 10, 2017
The presidential election was required after conservative Park Geun-hye was ousted, whose jailing on corruption charges is one of the most turbulent stretches in the country’s political history in recent times, the agency report said.
Meanwhile, the new president, after being sworn in has expressed his willingness to visit Pyongyang in the middle of high tensions with North Korea, an AFP report said. According to the agency, Moon Jae-in is in favour for engagement with Pyongyang for peace — this is quite in contrast to the rhetoric from the Donald Trump administration in recent weeks.
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The new president is likely to have a tough diplomatic path to tread in his approach to North Korea, which has vast artillery forces trained on Seoul. Moon also begins his term facing several domestic challenges, including the aftermath of the huge corruption scandal that saw his predecessor Park Geun-Hye impeached and swept from power.