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Posco gets go-ahead as India, South Korea ink five accords

New Delhi, Jan 16 : The $12 billion Posco steel plant in Odisha, the largest FDI in India, Thursday finally got the go ahead as South Korea and India signed five agreements including in defence and space.

The agreements were signed in the presence of South Korean President Park Guen-hye and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

President Park said while the Posco plant had been delayed, both sides should ensure smooth sailing for the 8 million tonnes per annum project coming up in Jagatsinghpur in Odisha.

President Park said she proposed to Manmohan Singh that both countries should cooperate in defence and that India could purchase mine sweepers from her country.

India has agreed to provide visa on arrival to South Koreans. She said she appreciated the gesture.

Manmohan Singh said both sides have concluded talks on double taxation avoidance convention and were exploring the possibility of setting up a Korean industrial park in India.

He said both countries were to set up a CEOs forum to provide ideas to boost trade.

--IANS (Posted on 16-01-2014)

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