1. President Yoon Suk Yeol and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi exchanged congratulatory letters on December 10, 2023, the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Korea and India.
※ Korea and India forged diplomatic relations on December 10, 1973.
2. In his letter, President Yoon extended congratulations and a warm, friendly greeting to the Prime Minister and people of India. He went on to note with appreciation that Korea and India have advanced their “Special Strategic Partnership” in diverse sectors, including supply chains, defense industries, science and technology, and culture, by building on their friendship forged through their time-honored cultural and historical solidarity as well as during the Korean War. He also took note that the two countries, as core partners sharing such values as freedom and democracy, have been jointly pursuing peace and prosperity in the region and addressing global challenges together through the G20 and others.
3. President Yoon, voicing his confidence that the Korea-India “Special Strategic Partnership” will continue to advance, looked forward to close cooperation with Prime Minister to that end.
4. In his letter, Prime Minister Modi appreciated that Korea-India cooperation had expanded in diverse areas over the past 50 years and that the bilateral relations had developed into a “Special Strategic Partnership.” Recalling his in-depth discussion with President Yoon on the overall Korea-India ties in their bilateral summit held on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in September, the Prime Minister conveyed his confidence that the two countries will continue to work together for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region on the basis of their shared values such as democracy and the rule of law.