Essential to ensure Afghan
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NEW YORK: Noting that the danger of regressive thinking and extremism is increasing in the world, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that it is absolutely essential to ensure that Afghanistan territory is not used to spread terrorism and for terrorist activities.
“Today, the danger of regressive thinking and extremism is increasing in the world. In these circumstances, the whole world has to make science-based, rational and progressive thinking the basis of development,” PM Modi said while addressing the UNGA. “It is absolutely essential to ensure that Afghanistan territory is not used to spread terrorism and for terrorist activities,” he added.

NEW YORK: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

The Prime Minister said there is a need to ensure that no country tries to take advantage of the delicate situation in Afghanistan and use it for its own selfish interests.
He also said that people of Afghanistan, women and children, minorities need help that should be provided to them.
“We also need to ensure that no country tries to take advantage of delicate situation in Afghanistan and use it for its own selfish interests. At this time, people of Afghanistan, women and children, minorities need help. We must fulfill our duties by providing them with help,” he said.
PM Modi said the world has for the past one-and-a-half years is facing the worst pandemic of the past 100 years and paid his tributes to all those who lost their lives in COVID-19.
“For the last-one-and-half years, the world has been grappling with the worst pandemic it has seen in a hundred years. I pay my tributes to all those who have lost their lives in a dangerous pandemic and I express condolences to their families,” PM Modi said.

Terrorism is equally big threat

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at his UN General Assembly (UNGA) address said that countries that are using terrorism as a “political tool” must understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them.

NEW YORK Prime Minister Narendra Modi greets during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, in New York on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

“The countries who are making use of regressive thinking as a political tool must understand, that terrorism poses an equally big threat for them,” the PM said in his remarks at the 76th session of UNGA, PM Modi said, The Prime Minister said that the world must ensure sure that the land of Afghanistan must not be used to spread terrorism and terrorist attacks. “We must be stay alert that no one should make use of the delicate situation in Afghanistan as a tool for their own use,” he said.
He said the people of Afghanistan, including children and minorities, need help. “We must fulfil our responsibility in this regard.”
He said the world is facing the increasing threat of recursive thinking and extremism. “Under this circumstance, the whole world should make science-based rational and progressive thinking, the basis for progress.”
Prime Minister explained that India’s diversity is the identity of its strong democracy. “It is a country that has dozens of languages and hundreds of dialects, different lifestyles and cuisine. This is the best example of a vibrant democracy.”

NEW YORK External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, and India’s Ambassador to the US TS Sandhu during the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly, at the UN Headquarters in New York on Saturday. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister, during his address, also invited the global manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines to come and make vaccines in India, stressing that the country’s “faith is to serve people”.
“Understanding its responsibility towards humanity, India started giving vaccines to the needy in the world. I, invite the global manufacturers of vaccines to come and make the vaccine in India,” PM Modi said.
He also paid tribute to all those who have lost their lives in the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.
The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations.’
The high-level segment of the 76th UNGA began in New York on Tuesday. The UNGA meeting this year is in a hybrid format but a large number of leaders have arrived in New York. PM Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for a three-day visit to the country.

Modi presents unique gifts to Kamala Harris,

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (local time) presented unique gifts to US Vice President Kamala Harris and the Quad leaders.

WASHINGTON: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US Vice President Kamala Harris during a Joint Press conference, in Washington DC on Thursday. (ANI Photo)

In a touching gesture, PM Modi presented the Vice President a copy of old notifications related to her grandfather, PV Gopalan, in a wooden handicraft frame. PV Gopalan was a senior and respected government official who served in various positions. PM Modi also gifted VP Harris a Gulabi Meenakari chess set. The craft of Gulabi Meenakari is closely associated with Kashi, one of the oldest cities in the world. It is also the constituency of PM Modi.

WASHINGTON: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi with US Vice-President Kamala Harris during a meeting, in Washington DC on Friday. (ANI Photo)

Each piece on this particular chess set is remarkably handcrafted. The bright colours reflect the vibrancy of Kashi.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison was gifted a Silver Gulabi Meenakari Ship. This ship is also distinctly handcrafted and bright, reflecting eternal Kashi’s dynamism.
Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga was gifted a Sandalwood Buddha Statue.
Buddhism plays a big role in bringing India and Japan together. The thoughts and ideas of Lord Buddha reverberate far and wide in Japan. (ANI)