India will also host at the UN an event to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi
PM Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US president Trump in New York
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he would underline the need for “reformed multilateralism" and stronger global commitment to meet the pressing challenges before the international community during his speech to the UN General Assembly.
Modi, who leaves Friday night (11:35 PM) on a week long visit to the US that includes a stop in Houston before reaching New York said in a departure statement that he was “confident" his trip “would present India as a vibrant land of opportunities, a reliable partner and a global leader, and will also help impart new energy to our relations with the US."
Modi’s first stop is Houston where on Saturday he meets with CEOs of many energy companies. On Sunday, he is to assess the Indian-American and Indian community in Houston at an event christened “Howdy Modi" where the prime minister will share the stage with US president Donald Trump.
Later on Sunday, he will depart for New York.
“Through my participation in UN events, I will showcase our success in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals. At the Climate Action Summit on 23rd September, I will highlight India’s robust action to address climate change in line with global goals and our international commitments" Modi said.
“This year, the 74th session of the UN General Assembly has the theme “Galvanizing multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion". There are many pressing challenges for the international community – a still fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty. They require stronger global commitment and concerted multilateral action. I will reiterate our commitment to reformed multilateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive, and in which India plays her due role," he said.
India will also host at the UN an event to celebrate the 150th Birth Anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which will underline the continuing relevance of Gandhian thoughts and values in the current circumstances.
Besides this, Modi said he would also hold bilateral meetings with leaders from other countries and UN entities on the margins of the UNGA.
“For the first time, India will hold leadership level interactions with the leaders of the Pacific Island States, and leaders of the CARICOM (Caribbean countries) group on the margins of UNGA. This will take forward our vibrant South-South cooperation and partnership with them," he said.
In New York, Modi will have a bilateral meeting with US president Trump — his fourth meeting in the space of three months.
“ We will review our bilateral relations in order to bring even more benefits to our two nations and peoples. The US is a vital partner for our national development, with rich possibilities of partnership in education, skills, research, technology and innovation, and an enabler for India in economic growth and national security. Shared values, convergent interests and complementary strengths provide the foundation for natural partnership between the world's oldest and largest democracies. Working together, we can contribute to building a more peaceful, stable, secure, sustainable and prosperous world," Modi said.
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