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His Excellency, President Ashraf Ghani, members of the media,

I am delighted to welcome President Ghani and his delegation to India.

PM MODI in Joint Press Briefing with Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani (3)

We are meeting in the shadow of the horrible calamity in Nepal. President Ghani and I speak for our two countries, South Asia and the world to the people of Nepal: Your courage and humanity has earned the respect of the world. And, you are not alone at this moment of tragedy and trial.

We will do everything possible with rescue and relief. And, we will certainly be there when you rebuild your lives and reconstruct your homes and heritage.

President Ghani and I discussed the historic efforts to rebuild his nation. We in India admire the courage and resolve of the Afghan people to seek a future of peace and prosperity. They are succeeding against huge challenges.

The relationship between India and Afghanistan is not just between two countries or governments. It is a timeless link of human hearts.

We deeply value the friendship and the goodwill of the Afghan people. Every Indian, in turn, holds the Afghan people in the highest affection and esteem.

This is why we stand with the people of Afghanistan, as they build a united, stable, democratic and prosperous nation.

This comes from the responsibility of our friendship. It also stems from our commitment to regional peace and progress.

Fourteen years ago, we started a new chapter in our relationship, in a new era for Afghanistan, under the leadership of President Karzai. The partnership has blossomed despite barriers of geography and hurdles of politics.

PM MODI in Joint Press Briefing with Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani (1)

We will continue this journey in partnership with President Ghani and his National Unity Government with Chief Executive Dr. Abdullah Abdullah.

And, it will not be limited to the period of transition or the decade of transformation. This is an enduring commitment.

The peaceful democratic transition last year is a great boost for Afghanistan's progress. It reflected the faith in democracy of the brave Afghan people and great wisdom of the nation's political leadership. Preserving the mandate and political unity will be important for the country's future.

I conveyed our support for President Ghani's vision for peace and stability in Afghanistan.

We have a shared interest in the success of an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned process. This should be conducted within the framework of the Constitution of Afghanistan, without the shadow of violence.

It should reinforce the political, economic and social progress of the last fourteen years. And, it should protect the rights and aspirations of all sections of the society, including Afghan women.

Its success requires a positive and constructive approach from neighbours, including an end to support for violence.

We share Afghanistan's pain over persisting terrorism and extremist violence that destroy lives and derail progress.

I thank him for our cooperation against terrorism.

We are deeply grateful to the Afghan security forces, who protect our people in Afghanistan as they would their own.

President Ghani shared his impressive vision for Afghanistan's prosperity, based on its talent, resources and location. We believe that Afghanistan's direct surface link to India and the rest of South Asia and increased to seacould turn Afghanistan into a hub that connects Asia's diverse regions and beyond.

PM MODI in Joint Press Briefing with Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani (5)

We are ready to welcome Afghan trucks at the ICP Attari. We are also prepared to join the successor agreement to Afghan Pakistan Trade and Transit Agreement. This will re-establish one of the oldest trading routes of South Asia. I also reaffirmed my commitment to take the Chahbahar Port project in Iran forward. We will also quickly conclude a bilateral Motor Vehicles Agreement.

We will expand our development partnership, which includes infrastructure, agriculture, connectivity, human resource development, community projects and humanitarian assistance. We will explore new trade and investment opportunities.

Afghan children have a special focus in our efforts. Today, I conveyed fresh support for Habibia School in Kabul, the Indira Gandhi Child Health Care Hospital and Red Crescent Society Fund for treatment of children with congenital heart disease.

We are prepared to continue our support for capacity building of Afghan security forces. I am pleased that we have delivered three Cheetal Helicopters to Afghanistan, which will add to the growing capabilities of the valiant Afghan Forces.

Excellency, Afghanistan's success is a much deserved destiny of Afghan people. But, it is also vital for the world. In the troubles of our times, it has acquired added importance.

PM MODI in Joint Press Briefing with Afghan President, Ashraf Ghani (7)

India will walk shoulder to shoulder with you and the Afghan people in a mission of global importance.

Your visit has added new momentum to our partnership.

Thank you, Sir, thank you Excellency.

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Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi addresses BRICS Business Forum

Your Excellencies,
BRICS बिजनेस फोरम के Distinguished Participants,

नमस्कार,
Good Evening.

मुझे ब्रिक्स बिजनेस फोरम में शामिल होकर बहुत प्रसन्नता हो रही है। 11वें ब्रिक्स समिट कार्यक्रम की शुरूआत इस फोरम से हुई है। Business को प्राथमिकता देने के लिए मैं ब्राजील के राष्ट्रपति, इस फोरम के organizers और सभी participants को बधाई देता हूं।

Friends,

विश्व की आर्थिक वृद्धि में ब्रिक्स देशों का हिस्सा 50% है। विश्व में मंदी के बावजूद, ब्रिक्स देशों ने आर्थिक विकास को गति दी, करोड़ों लोगों को गरीबी से निकाला और Technology तथा innovation में नई सफलताएँ हासिल कीं। अब BRICS की स्थापना के दस साल बाद, भविष्य में हमारे प्रयासों की दिशा पर विचार करने के लिए यह फॉरम एक अच्छा मंच है।

Friends,

इंट्रा-BRICS Business को आसान बनाने से परस्पर व्यापार और निवेश बढ़ेगा। हम पांच देशों के बीच Tax और Customs प्रक्रियाएँ सरल होती जा रही हैं। इन्टेलेक्चुअल Property Rights पर, और Banks के बीच सहयोग से Business एनवाइरमेंट आसान हो रहा है। BRICS Business Forum से मेरा अनुरोध है कि वह इस प्रकार उत्पन्न अवसरों का पूरा लाभ उठाने के लिए ज़रूरी बिजनेस पहलों का अध्ययन करे।

Intra-BRICS व्यापार और निवेश के targets और महत्वाकांक्षी होने चाहिए। हमारे बीच व्यापार की लागत को और कम करने के लिए आपके सुझाव उपयोगी होंगे।

मैं यह भी अनुरोध करना चाहूंगा कि अगले दस वर्षों के लिए हमारे बीच बिजनेस में प्राथमिकता के क्षेत्रों की पहचान की जाए और उनके आधार पर Intra-BRICS सहयोग का blue print बनाया जाए।

Friends,

हमारा market size, विविधता और हमारी पूरकताएँ एक दूसरे के लिए बहुत फायदेमंद हैं। उदाहरण के लिए, अगर एक ब्रिक्स देश में technology है, तो दूसरे में उससे संबंधित रॉ मैटेरियल या मार्केट।Electric vehicles, digital technology, Fertilizer, कृषि उत्पाद, Food processing, आदि में ऐसी संभावनाएं विशेष तौर पर हैं। मैं आग्रह करूंगा कि Forum पांचों देशों में इस प्रकार की पूरकताओं की mapping करें। मैं यह सुझाव भी देना चाहूंगा कि अगले ब्रिक्स समिट तक ऐसे कम-से-कम पाँच क्षेत्रों की पहचान की जाये, जिनमें पूरकताओं के आधार पर हमारे बीच Joint Ventures बन सकते हैं।

Friends,

ब्रिक्स देश अपने लोगों के परिश्रम, प्रतिभा और creativity के लिए सुप्रसिद्ध हैं। कल समिट के दौरान innovation BRICS Network, और BRICS Institution for Future Network जैसे महत्वपूर्ण initiatives पर विचार किया जाएगा। Private sector से मेरा अनुरोध है कि वे human resources पर केन्द्रित इन प्रयासों से जुड़ें। युवा उद्यमियों को इन initiatives से जोड़ना भी बिजनेस और innovation को और ताकत देगा। 

Friends,

हमारे देशों के बीच Tourism, Business और रोजगार के लोगों के आवागमन से और आसान बनने की संभावनाएँ हैं। भारतीयों को वीजा फ्री Entry के निर्णय के लिए मैं ब्राजील के राष्ट्रपति को धन्यवाद देता हूं। हम पांच देशों को परस्पर Social Security Agreement पर भी विचार करना चाहिए।

Friends,

Ease of Doing Business, Logistic Performance और Global innovation जैसे index में भारत की निरंतर प्रगति से आप परिचित होंगे। समय की सीमा के कारण मैं सिर्फ इतना कहना चाहूँगा कि भारत में Political Stability, Predictable Policy और Business Friendly Reforms के कारण दुनिया की सबसे open और investment friendly economy है। 2024 तक हम भारत को पांच ट्रिलियन डॉलर की economy बनाना चाहते हैं। सिर्फ infrastructure में ही 1.5 ट्रिलियन डॉलर निवेश की आवश्यकता है।

भारत में असीम संभावनाएं हैं, अनगिनत अवसर हैं। इनका लाभ उठाने के लिए, मैं ब्रिक्स देशों के Business को आंमत्रित करता हूं कि वे भारत में अपनी मौजूदगी बनाएं और बढ़ाएं।

बहुत-बहुत धन्यवाद।