SEOUL, KOREA – Bilateral relations between India and the Republic of Korea have made great strides in recent years. The relationship was elevated to the level of Strategic Partnership in January 2010 during the successful visit to India by Hon'ble President Mr. Lee Myung-bak. This partnership blossomed into a multi-dimensional one with defence and security engagement forming an important component of it. India-Korea partnership enjoys great support in both the countries across the political spectrum.
India-Korea defence cooperation has intensified over the years, and the visit by India's Defence Minister Mr. A.K. Antony to Korea in September 2010 gave further momentum to this growing engagement. This visit led to Government of India's decision to set up a Defence Wing in Seoul. Hon'ble Prime Minister of India Dr. Manmohan Singh, during his visit to the Republic of Korea in March this year, conveyed this decision to President Lee, who welcomed it.
In pursuance, a Defence Wing has now been established as part of the Indian Embassy in Seoul. Col. Ajay Chandpuria, a highly decorated officer of the Indian Army, has assumed charge as the first resident Defence Attache of India accredited to the Republic of Korea.
The Republic of Korea had already opened a Defense Wing in New Delhi.