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By Newsgram Staff Writer

In order to strengthen the relations between the two countries, Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar met South Korean counterpart, Gen Han Min-Koo on Friday to discuss the ways to expand defense ties.

The efforts to develop mutually-beneficial partnership between the two countries in defense production were discussed at the meeting in Seoul.

“We are focused on ways to expand contact between the countries for defense establishments and building deep partnerships between their defense industries,” said the two ministers.

While on the visit, Parrikar also met senior South Korean defense officials, including National Security Advisor Kim Kwan-Jin, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and minister of Defense acquisition program administration.

In the meeting, the regional and global issues of peace and security were also discussed.

Parrikar said “I chose South Korea as the destination of my first visit under the ‘Make in India’ campaign in recognition of the importance of India’s attachment to the country as a partner.”

Moreover,the meeting also concentrated on the ways to intensify bilateral cooperation and enhance defense in a manner to commensurate more with close strategic partners.

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First Hindu Temple Lays Foundation Stone in Abu Dhabi

The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said

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The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. Wikimedia

The historic foundation stone-laying ceremony of the first traditional Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi was performed on Saturday in the presence of officials from India and the United Arab Emirates as well as thousands of members of the community.

The ceremony was presided over by Mahant Swami Maharaj — the spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha — the organisation building the temple, along with other priests. Indian Ambassador Navdeep Suri attended the event in the presence of over 2,500 Indians from the UAE and across the world, according to Gulf News.

Suri and BAPS Hindu Mandir committee head and community leader B.R. Shetty were among those who laid foundation stones. Some 50 priests from India were part of the ceremony, the Khaleej Times reported.

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Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan. Wikimedia

UAE’s Minister of Climate Change Thani Al Zoyoudi and Ahmad Bilhoul Al Falasi, Minister of State for Higher Education and Advanced Sciences, were among the attendees.  The temple will be built in phases with all the pink stones and marble being transported from Rajasthan to the UAE capital, the Khaleej Times said.

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The stones of the temple will be hand-carved by artisans in India and then transported to Abu Dhabi. Once completed, this will be the first traditional Hindu stone temple in the Middle East.

The temple is being built on 13.5 acres (55,000 square metres) of land gifted by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan to the Indian community. (IANS)