"Our destinies are linked with the future of Asia and the Pacific. We will prosper when the region is peaceful and our sea lanes are secure and free. We know that we must be secure in our cyber world and safe in our physical world," he added. PM Modi lavished praise on President Park at the banquet, saying, "President Park you are a deeply admired leader in the region and the world. You have drawn personal strength from adversity. And, you have sought peace with persistence and wisdom."

"Your commitment to the relationship with India is a source of strength for us. Each time we have spoken, you have shown great awareness of our big opportunities; and, you have spoken with clarity about the road-map ahead," he asserted. "Today, in recognition of our responsibility, we have elevated our relationship to a Special Strategic Partnership," PM Modi added.

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