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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday reiterated the contours of India’s foreign policy with its aim of peaceful development extending support for multilateralism and inclusivity while warning against exclusion and protectionism.

In his address to an international conference in New Delhi which saw participation by former Afghanistan president Hamid Karzai and the former prime ministers of Australia and Canada—Kevin Rudd and Stephen Harper—Modi also drew the line at building ties with China and Pakistan, calling on both to respect India’s concerns and sensitivities.

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In his speech, Modi noted that as India looked to the world for technology and resources to fuel its economic growth, “the world needs India’s sustained rise, as much as India needs the world"—underlining the importance of Asia’s third largest economy in global economics. “Physical borders may be less relevant in this age of bits and bytes. But, walls within nations, a sentiment against trade and migration, and rising parochial and protectionist attitudes across the globe are also a stark statistic. The result, globalization gains are at risk and economic gains are no longer easy to come by. Instability, violence, conflict, extremism, exclusion and transnational threats continue to proliferate in dangerous directions," Modi said.

In Asia, he noted that political and military power are diffused and distributed. This was something India welcomed because “it accepts that voices of many, not views of a few should shape the global agenda. Therefore, we need to guard against any instinct or inclination that promotes exclusion, especially in Asia," Modi said.

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On ties with China, Modi said he and Chinese president Xi Jinping had sought to tap economic opportunities presented by their relationship. But he added that “in the management of our relationship, and for peace and progress in the region, both our countries need to show sensitivity and respect for each other’s core concerns and interests."

Referring to ties with Pakistan, Modi said “India alone cannot walk the path of peace. Pakistan must walk away from terror if it wants to walk towards dialogue with India."

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