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PM Modi US visit: 'No room for ifs and buts in dealing with terrorism..,' says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi emphasized the need for action against terrorism during his second address to the US Congress. He stressed India's economic growth, its commitment to responsible and sustainable growth, and its global engagement based on principles of democracy and inclusivity.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, US, June 22, 2023. (REUTERS)Premium
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a press conference at the White House in Washington, US, June 22, 2023. (REUTERS)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi strongly condemned terrorism as a threat to humanity, asserting that there should be no room for ambiguity or hesitation when addressing this issue.

"Terrorism is an enemy of humanity and there can be no ifs and buts in dealing with it. We must overcome all such forces sponsoring and exporting terror," the Prime Minister said, as he addressed the joint sitting of the US Congress on Thursday at the US Capitol Hill.

Modi emphasized the need for resolute action in dealing with terrorism. "More than 2 decades after 9/11 and more than a decade after 26/11 in Mumbai, radicalism and terrorism still remain a danger for the whole world. These ideologies keep taking new identities and forms but their intentions are same," PM Modi said.

Prime Minister Modi emphasized India's economic growth, noting the nation's remarkable rise from being the 10th largest economy in the world during his initial visit to the US as Prime Minister to currently occupying the fifth position globally.

"When I first visited the US as a PM, India was the 10th largest economy in the world. Today, India is the 5th largest economy. India will be the 3rd largest economy soon. We are not only growing bigger but we are also growing faster. When India grows the whole world grows," PM Modi said at the joint sitting of the US Congress.

Meanwhile, Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra said, “PM highighted the need for the international community to recognize that the people who sponsor terrorism, support terrorism, they continue to pose a serious challenge to the safety and security of our societies."

Prime Minister Modi underscored that India's global engagement is rooted in the principles of democracy, inclusivity, and sustainability. He stressed the country's profound regard for the environment and its commitment to responsible and sustainable growth.

The Prime Minister emphasized that these principles form the basis of India's approach to international relations and its efforts to contribute positively to the global community.

"A spirit of democracy, inclusion and sustainability defines us. India grows while being responsible for our planet. The earth is our mother and we are her children. Indian culture deeply respects the environment and our planet. We live by the motto of 'Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam'-the world is one family. Our engagement with the world is for everyone's benefit. The same spirit is also seen in the theme when we chair the G20 Summit, One Earth, One Family, One Future," PM Modi said.

Speaking on Climate action, Modi added, “We became the only G20 country to meet its Paris commitment. We made renewables account for over 40 per cent of our energy sources 9 years ahead of the target of 2030. But we did not stop there. At the Glasgow Summit, I proposed mission LiFE...Our mission is pro-planet progress, pro-planet prosperity, pro-planet people."

During his second address to the joint session of the US Congress, Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed his deep appreciation for the exceptional privilege of speaking before them for a second time.

He acknowledged that significant developments have taken place in the relationship between India and the United States, which he described as a momentous bond between "Al - America" and India.

 

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Published: 23 Jun 2023, 08:46 AM IST
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