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South Korean envoy calls on CM

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 29 - The Ambassador of the Republic of Korea Hyun Cho called on Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal in Assam Secretariat today and held talks on a wide spectrum of areas such as economy, culture, tourism, tea, food processing, etc. This was stated in an official press release.

Sonowal apprised the Korean Ambassador of Assam�s prolific tea gardens and the role of tea in the State�s economy. He also spoke on the immense tourism potential in the State and Prime Minister Narendra Modi�s commitment to transform the North East to into an �organic hub of Asia�.

He also requested the Korean Ambassador to invest in the State�s organic sector to help the State government�s efforts in making Assam a �green and eco-friendly� State.

Sonowal also stressed �youth exchange� programmes between Assam and the Republic of Korea and requested the Ambassador for encouraging frequent exchange of youth between Assam and Korea.

Hyun Cho also expressed Korea�s interest in investing in Assam and invited Chief Minister Sonowal to Korea, to which the Chief Minister agreed in principle and acknowledged the Ambassador�s gesture of visiting the State.

Our Jalukbari Correspondent adds: South Korea�s Ambassador to India Hyun Cho today took part in an interactive programme at the Gauhati University. The programme was organised by the Department of Political Science, GU.

GU Vice Chancellor Dr Mridul Hazarika welcomed the South Korean envoy. Mr Cho on his part, expressed his desire to associate GU with the top ranking universities of the Republic of Korea. In his speech and during his interaction with the students and teachers, he talked about various possibilities on how India and South Korea can collaborate in diverse areas.

Cho, while interacting with the students, talked about India�s aid to South Korea when it was at war with its neighbour North Korea. He also talked about collaboration with India in space research and about exchange programmes in other fields of research.

He said there are only about three hundred students from South Korea studying in India whereas there are about 50,000 students from his country studying in the USA. He opined that the Government of India should come forward with some educational plans and courses so that South Korean students can come to study in India. He said the foreign language department of the Gauhati University can introduce the Korea language as a diploma subject. He also hoped that India would become a member of the NSG. He further said that his country would sign an MoU with India on cultural exchange.

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