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PM Modi, President Obama meet in New York, discuss bilateral ties
Achieved significant progress in our bilateral cooperation and international partnership since last visit in September: PM
In Silicon Valley I experienced the strength of American innovation and enterprise: PM Modi
Youth, technology and innovation are the driving forces of Indo-US relationship: PM Modi
President and I share uncompromising commitment on climate change, without affecting our ability to meet dev. aspirations of humanity: PM
Our extraordinary bilateral partnership in the energy sector focuses on clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency: PM Modi
Thanked President Obama for US' support for India's permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council: PM Modi
Look forward to working with the U.S. for India’s early membership of Asian Pacific Economic Community: PM
Our economic partnership is a key driver of our relationship: PM Modi
This meeting & my engagements in the U.S. demonstrate extraordinary depth & diversity of our relationship: PM

President Obama,
Members of the media,

It is a great pleasure to meet President Obama in New York. Thank you for hosting this meeting.

I deeply value your friendship and your vision and commitment for the relationship between our two countries.

We have achieved significant progress in our bilateral cooperation and international partnership.

I was in Silicon Valley over the weekend. I experienced the strength of American innovation and enterprise that provide the foundation of American success.

I also saw the driving force of our relationship - youth, technology and innovation; and, the natural partnerships of Indian and Americans in advancing human progress.

California also reminds us that India and the United States are part of the dynamic Asia Pacific Region.

Amid the problems that the world faces today and the global challenges that we see ahead, our partnership is of great significance for us and our world.

We can apply innovation and technology for achieving Sustainable Development Goals, including combating climate change and conserving Nature.

President and I share an uncompromising commitment on climate change, without affecting our ability to meet the development aspirations of humanity. We have both set ambitious national agendas.

In India, our measures include not just a plan to add 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, but a development strategy that will enable us to transition to a more sustainable energy mix. This is an exercise we are undertaking in the spirit of our culture and tradition, but also because of our commitment to the future of this planet.

Our extraordinary bilateral partnership in the energy sector focuses on clean and renewable energy and energy efficiency.

I also thank President Obama for his positive response to my call for a global public partnership for developing affordable clean energy sources that will enable faster adoption of clean energy across the world.

We should work together to advance that goal. And, it is equally important to develop mechanisms to ensure that the affordable also become accessible to those who need it the most.

We look forward to comprehensive and concrete outcome in Paris with a positive agenda on combating climate change, which also focuses on access to finance and technology for the developing world, especially the poor countries and small island states.

I thanked President Obama for U.S. support for India's permanent membership of a reformed UN Security Council. I also sought U.S. support to complete the reform process within a fixed time frame.

I expressed our appreciation for continued U.S. support for India's membership of the international export control regimes within our targeted time frame.

Our partnership addresses a broad range of strategic and security concerns.

Our defence cooperation, including defence trade and training, is expanding. As existing terrorism threats grow and new ones emerge, we have resolved to further deepen cooperation on counter terrorism and radicalism. We have just had a successful cyber security dialogue.

We have agreed to further strengthen our consultation and cooperation on helping the Afghan people combat terrorism and build a peaceful, stable and prosperous future of their nation.

I welcomed the progress in giving shape to our Joint Strategic Vision on Asia, Pacific and Indian Ocean Regions as also our joint engagement with regional partners like Japan. This will also strengthen our maritime security cooperation.

To further increase our strategic engagement in the region, I look forward to working with the U.S. for India’s early membership of Asian Pacific Economic Community.

Our economic partnership is a key driver of our relationship. I have had excellent meetings with business leaders in New York and San Jose. I am very pleased with their confidence in India and value their constructive feedback and suggestions.

We will also continue to work towards a stronger bilateral framework of economic cooperation, including the Bilateral Investment Treaty and Totalisation Agreement.

This meeting and my engagements in the U.S. demonstrate the extraordinary depth and diversity of our relationship.

Our meeting today was very productive in advancing some of our immediate priorities as also our broader strategic partnership.

Thank you.

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India’s Right of Reply in 74th​ Session of the United Nations General Assembly General Debate
September 28, 2019
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Mr. President,

I take the floor to exercise India’s right of reply to the statement made by the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

  1. Every word spoken from the podium of this august Assembly, it is believed, carries the weight of history. Unfortunately, what we heard today from Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan was a callous portrayal of the world in binary terms. Us vs Them; Rich vs Poor; North vs South; Developed Vs Developing; Muslims vs Others. A script that fosters divisiveness at the United Nations. ​Attempts to sharpen differences and stir up hatred, are simply put - “hate speech”.                 
  1. Rarely has the General Assembly witnessed such misuse, rather abuse, of an opportunity to reflect. Words matter in diplomacy. Invocation of phrases such as “pogrom”, “bloodbath”, “racial superiority”, “pick up the gun” and “fight to the end” reflect a medieval mindset and not a 21​ century vision. 
  1. Prime Minister Khan’s threat of unleashing nuclear devastation qualifies as brinksmanship, not statesmanship. 
  1. Even coming from the leader of a country that has monopolized the entire value chain of the industry of terrorism, Prime Minister Khan’s justification of terrorism was brazen and incendiary.            
  1. For someone who was once a cricketer and believed in the gentleman’s game, today’s speech bordered on crudeness of the variety that is reminiscent of the guns of Darra Adam Khel.                                 
  2. Now that Prime Minister Imran Khan has invited UN Observers to Pakistan to verify that there are no militant organisations in Pakistan, the world will hold him to that promise.
  3. Here are a few questions that Pakistan can respond to as a precursor to the proposed verification.                                               
  • Can Pakistan confirm the fact that it is home to 130 UN designated terrorists and 25 terrorist entities listed by the UN, as of today? 
  • Will Pakistan acknowledge that it is the only Government in the world that provides pension to an individual listed by the UN in the Al Qaeda and Da’esh Sanctions list! 
  • Can Pakistan explain why here in New York, its premier bank, the Habib Bank had to shut shop after it was fined millions of dollars over terror financing? 
  • Will Pakistan deny that the Financial Action Task Force has put the country on notice for its violations of more than 20 of the 27 key parameters? 
  • And would Prime Minister Khan deny to the city of New York that he was an open defender of Osama bin Laden?

Mr. President,                                                                                                        

  1. Having mainstreamed terrorism and hate speech, Pakistan is trying to play its wild card as the newfound champion of human rights. 
  1. This a country that has shrunk the size of its minority community from 23% in 1947 to 3% today and has subjected Christians, Sikhs, Ahmadiyas, Hindus, Shias, Pashtuns, Sindhis and Balochis to draconian blasphemy laws, systemic persecution, blatant abuse and forced conversions. 
  1. Their newfound fascination for preaching human rights is akin to trophy hunting of the endangered mountain goat - markhor. 
  1. Pogroms, Prime Minister Imran Khan Niazi, are not a phenomenon of today’s vibrant democracies. We would request you to refresh your rather sketchy understanding of history. Do not forget the gruesome genocide perpetrated by Pakistan against its own people in 1971 and the role played by Lt. Gen A A K Niazi. A sordid fact that the Hon’ble Prime Minister of Bangladesh reminded this Assembly about earlier this afternoon.                                      

Mr. President,

  1. Pakistan’s virulent reaction to the removal of an outdated and temporary provision that was hindering development and integration of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir stems from the fact that those who thrive on conflict never welcome the ray of peace. 
  1. While Pakistan has ventured to upstream terrorism and downstream hate speech there, India is going ahead with mainstreaming development in Jammu and Kashmir. 
  1. The mainstreaming of Jammu & Kashmir, as well as Ladakh, in India’s thriving and vibrant democracy with a millennia-old heritage of diversity, pluralism and tolerance is well and truly underway. Irreversibly so. 
  1. Citizens of India do not need anyone else to speak on their behalf, least of all those who have built an industry of terrorism from the ideology of hate.

 

I thank you, Mr. President.