Sitharaman, S Korean counterpart discuss ways to strengthen bilateral ties

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman today met her South Korean counterpart Young-Moo Song and discussed ways to strengthen bilateral ties in security and strategic spheres, an official said.

The two ministers discussed “issues of mutual interest” and ways to strengthen cooperation in defence and security, the defence ministry official said.

The meeting comes ahead of a planned high-level meeting between the rival Koreas on Monday. The two Koreas would meet as the US and the North struggle to reach a common ground following the summit between American President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore in June.

They resolved to enhance military exchanges, training and experience-sharing, and research and development, including innovative technologies for mutual benefit.

The two sides also agreed to encourage their defence industries to intensify cooperation. (AGENCIES)