The South Korean presidential office of Cheong Wa Dae announced on Monday that President Moon Jae-in will be making a state visit to India and Singapore for five nights and six days starting from Sunday.
“President Moon is expected to visit India from Sunday to Wednesday and Singapore from Wednesday to Friday,” said presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom. President Moon’s visit to India and Singapore aims to bring the New Southern Policy, of which President Moon pronounced last year, into full swing.
Moon, who recently emphasized achievements that can be felt by the people, will be focusing on economic diplomacy in India. Mr. Moon, who is to hold a summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, the chair of this year’s Association of Southeast, Asian Nations (ASEAN), will visit offices and plants of Korean companies that engage in business in India.
Also in Singapore, the economic cooperation project participated by North Korea is anticipated to become a topic at the summit. During the North Korea–U.S. summit last month, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un held a meeting with Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and discussed means for economic cooperation between the two countries.
After holding a summit with the Singaporean prime minister, the South Korean president plans to talk about his vision for denuclearization and permanent peace policy and explain his New Southern Policy at the “Singapore Lecture” of the Institute of Southeast Asia Studies (ISAS).