Manmohan Singh departs for 12th Nuclear Security

New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left for South Korea to attend the 12th Nuclear Security Summit and hold bilateral talks with President Lee Myung Bak to strengthen the Strategic Partnership and the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement between India and the Republic of Korea.

At the Nuclear Security Summit, Manmohan Singh will join 57 world leaders, including US President Barack Obama, to discuss the global threat posed by nuclear terrorism and the measures required to prevent terrorists from gaining access to sensitive nuclear material and technologies.

“India is expanding its nuclear power programme to diversify its energy mix and enhance energy security. In order to retain public support for harnessing the benefits of nuclear energy, we must be able to assure them of the highest levels of nuclear security and safety. This is even more important after the Fukushima accident in Japan last year,” said Prime Minister.

He furher added “I expect the Seoul Summit to review actions that countries have taken to strengthen nuclear security since we last met in Washington, and recommend further steps to enhance the global nuclear security architecture.”

During the official visit, Manmohan Singh will hold talks with South Korean President Lee Myung-bak in restricted and delegation-level formats, while the two countries will sign an agreement on simplifying the issuance of visas. A joint statement will also be issued.