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Let's join hands and unite to eradicate terrorist networks: PM Modi on receiving Seoul Peace Prize

PM Modi was conferred the Seoul Peace Prize in an award ceremony organised by Seoul Peace Prize Foundation. (Image source: @MEAIndia) Photograph:( Twitter )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Feb 22, 2019, 11.24 AM (IST)

Prime Minister Modi on Friday was conferred the Seoul Peace Prize on the second day of his visit to South Korea.

The prize, which was announced by the Seoul Peace Prize Cultural Foundation in October last year in recognition of his dedicated service to international cooperation, global growth, and human development, was given to PM Modi today in a brief ceremony today.

The Prime Minister is the 14th recipient of the prestigious peace award and is the first Indian to receive it. 

PM Modi, during his speech right after accepting the award, stated that the honour has not just been given to him but to the people of India. He thanked South Korea for honouring him with the peace award.

"This award does not belong to me personally but to the people of India, the success India has achieved in the last 5 years, powered by the skill of 1.3 billion people," he said.

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"I am honoured that this award is being conferred on me in the year that we celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi," the PM added.

He also talked about the growing threat of terrorism and called for nations to "join hands and unite to completely eradicate terrorist networks".

"A few weeks before the Seoul Olympics(1988), an organization called Al-Qaeda was formed. Today, radicalization and terrorism have become global and are the biggest threats to world peace and security," PM Modi noted. 

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Earlier in the day, PM Modi called on the world to speak in one voice on the issue of terror and thanked South Korean President Moon Jae-in for his country's support.

PM Modi said, "I thank President Moon for his support. On counter terror, we will increase cooperation. The world has to move beyond just talks now."

President Moon condemned the Pulwama terror attack. India's Home Ministry and South Korea's national police signed an MoU on "Transnational crimes and police cooperation" to act tough on terror. 

India and South Korea signed MoUs in the field of trade and industry, startup, communication.

This is the Prime Minister’s second visit to the Republic of Korea after his state visit in May 2015. Before embarking on the visit the Prime Minister described South Korea as a valued friend with which India shares special strategic partnership initiatives such as ‘Make in India,’ ‘Start-Up India’ and ‘Clean India’, news agency ANI reported. 

PM Modi on Thursday gifted a ‘Bodhi' tree sapling to Mayor of Gimhae Heo Seong gon as a mark of close ties between India and South Korea.

He also unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Yonsei University in Seoul. The President of the Republic of Korea Moon Jae-in, First Lady of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, were present on the occasion, ANI reported. 

Prime Minister Modi reached Seoul early on Thursday morning on a two-day visit aimed at strengthening the special strategic partnership between South Korea and Indian and boosting bilateral trade and cultural ties.

(With inputs from ANI)