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From the Chairman
 
Mr. Narendra Modi Prime Minister of India
I was so glad that you made a state visit to Korea on February 22, confirming and developing the warm ties between our two countries. In 2007, I interviewed you as Chairman of Diplomacy Magazine, published in Seoul. At that time you stated, "Korea and the State of Gujarat can work together."
When Prime Minister Rao made a state visit to Korea in 1993, as president of the Korea-India Society, I hosted a welcoming breakfast at the Shilla Hotel. Guests included the Minister of Commerce and Industry and the top executives of many major Korean companies, including Hyundai Motor, Samsung Electronics, and LG Electronics.
I introduced each of them to Prime Minister Rao and strongly urged Korean firms to invest in India. Currently, India has the world’s fastest growing major economy, surpassing China by achieving 6-7% average GDP growth annually.
Korea and India entered into a mature partnership as President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Narendra Modi agreed to strengthen military ties and upgrade bilateral free trade. The two leaders agreed to cooperate to achieve their shared goal of increasing the two-way trade volume to US$50 billion by 2030.
Today, Samsung Electronics, Hyundai Motor and LG Electronics are the most reliable brands in India as the Korea-specific strategy, "Korea Plus" under "Invest India," was launched in 2015 when you visited Korea for the first time as Prime Minister.
Considering your deep interest in Korea, I would like to take this opportunity to express my deepest thanks to you for your wholehearted support for President Moon’s efforts to seek complete denuclearization on the Korean peninsula in the search for permanent peace and prosperity.
Regarding the auspicious ceremony of the birth of Mahatma Gandhi, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, the former UN Secretary-General, sincerely welcomed you to Yonsei University as the world celebrated the 150th anniversary of Gandhi's birth. The Indian government marked the occasion by placing a bust of the great Bapu, "Father," on the Yonsei campus.
We Koreans have the deepest respect for Gandhi's teachings and humility, particularly the far-reaching description of his Seven Sins. His spirit remains in the hearts of Koreans forever.
I firmly believe that India, in the spirit of Gandhi, will make remarkable progress as one of the world's great countries.
Let me close by praying that both Korea and India will build close ties to achieve peace and co-prosperity in the region through mutual understanding and cooperation.
All the best wishes for your continued leadership and the prosperity of your wonderful country.

Dr. Thok-kyu Limb, Chairman