In the last five years of his tenure, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is known to have gone out of his way when it comes to holding bilateral talks with India's neighbouring states and their state heads.
Be it smoothening out ruffled feathers or boosting the affairs of trade and defence cooperation, PM Modi has tried to work out a lot of matters of national importance with our international brethren.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, in Seoul, earlier today. pic.twitter.com/bGWPQyfeq0— ANI (@ANI) February 22, 2019
So today when PM Modi was welcomed by the South Korean President Moon Jae-in in Seoul, the Indian Prime Minister took this moment to express his gratitude towards Koreans, who have always been invested in maintaining a healthy relationship with the Indian subcontinent.
PM Modi is in South Korea on a two-day visit to strengthen strategic ties between the two countries, and upon his arrival he also unveiled the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Seoul's Yonsei University, along with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
The Seoul Peace Prize being bestowed upon PM @narendramodi is a matter of great pride for 130 crore Indians. It not only acknowledges the success of PM Modi's progressive policies and reforms but also signals the rise of India on the world stage. pic.twitter.com/fCKB1WjR5O— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) February 22, 2019
However, it is the Seoul Peace Prize that PM Modi was honoured with by the South Korean President that has got the international media talking. PM Modi accepted the honour and the prize, which he dedicated to the countrymen back home.
"I believe that this award belongs not to me personally, but to the people of India. The success that India has achieved in the last 5 years is due to aspirations, inspiration & efforts of the people of India. On their behalf, I accept the Award and express my gratitude", said PM Modi after receiving the award. He further added that he wished to donate the prize money to Namami Gange project.
The Seoul Peace Prize is dedicated to the people of India & our country's culture of peace and harmony. https://t.co/ymUdug3JYp— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 22, 2019
Namani Gange is a 'Clean Ganga' initiative taken up by the Union Government for the “abatement of pollution, conservation and rejuvenation of National River Ganga.” At the same event, PM Modi also touched upon the issue of climate change and terrorism at the event, and urged all the country to come together and fight off terrorism in the light of the recent Pulwama attack.
We hope the funds are put to good use, and river Ganga is revived to its full glory at the earliest.