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PM Modi Receives Seoul Peace Prize 2018 During Two-Day South Korea Visit

PM Modi Receives Seoul Peace Prize 2018 During Two-Day South Korea Visit
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PM Modi Receives Seoul Peace Prize 2018 During Two-Day South Korea Visit

Narendra Modi is the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was awarded the Seoul Peace Prize 2018 for his contribution to international cooperation and fostering global economic growth and human development on Friday.

(Source- PIB)

(Source- PIB)

During PM Modi’s two-day visit to South Korea, the Seoul Peace Prize Foundation presented the award to him in a grand ceremony. A short film on his life and achievement was also screened.

Narendra Modi is the 14th recipient of the Seoul Peace Prize.

Seoul Peace Prize 2018 To The People Of India 

 Saying that he was deeply honoured to be awarded the Seoul Peace Prize 2018, PM Modi dedicated the award to the people of India and the country’s success.

I am even more honoured that this award has been given to me on the 150th year of Mahatma Gandhi’s birth. It makes it even more special.

– PM Narendra Modi

(Read – Mahatma Gandhi’s 150th Birth Anniversary: Many Hues Of Celebration, Homage)

He said that the award was in recognition of the philosophy which states that the world is one family and to the culture that has given the message of peace even on the battle-field (referring to the epic, Mahabharata).

Narendra Modi also contributed the Monetary award of Two Hundred Thousand dollars (one crore thirty lakh rupees) to the Namami Gange Fund.

Namami Gange is an effort to clean a river that is not only held sacred by all the people of India, but is also an economic life-line to millions of my countrymen and women, said PM Modi.

“A Good Beginning Is Half The Battle”

(Source- MEA India Twitter)

(Source- MEA India Twitter)

During his acceptance speech for the Seoul Peace Prize 2018, PM Narendra Modi quoted the popular Korean saying, “Shichagi Bhanida” which means that a good beginning is half the battle and a portion of the 1988 Olympics theme song.

He stated that since 1988, the world has changed vastly, especially in the area of global poverty which has declined significantly. But the world still faces the greatest challenges like climate change and terrorism.

The time has come for all right-thinking nations to join hands to completely eradicate terrorist networks. Only by doing so, can we replace hate with harmony; destruction with development and transform the landscape of violence and vendetta into a postcard for peace.

– PM Narendra Modi

He also mentioned the Pulwama attacks while talking about the threat of terrorism.

While India has been the victim of cross-border terrorism for over 40 years, all nations today face this grave threat which respects no borders.

– PM Narendra Modi

Like Korea, India has also suffered the pain of division and cross-border strife. Our endeavour towards peaceful development has only too often been derailed by cross-border terrorism, PM Modi said.

Two-Day Visit To South Korea

(Source- PM Narendra Modi's Twitter handle)

(Source- PM Narendra Modi’s Twitter handle)

This is Modi’s second visit to the Asian nation. He had visited the state earlier in May 2015.

On Thursday, PM Modi unveiled a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Yonsei University in Seoul.

(Source- PM Narendra Modi's Twitter handle)

(Source- PM Narendra Modi’s Twitter handle)

The President of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Moon Jae-in, First Lady of the Republic of Korea, Kim Jung-sook, and former Secretary General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, were present on the occasion.

PM Modi also paid tributes to the fallen soldiers at the National Cemetery, including those who died in the Korean War.

During the visit, India signed seven agreements with South Korea on Friday morning.

The agreements would enhance cooperation, combating terrorism, boosting development, start-ups, media and infrastructure.

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