Live: Modi thanks Obama for support for India's permanent UNSC membership demand

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Anshu Lal September 28, 2015 22:11:38 IST
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Live: Modi thanks Obama for support for India's permanent UNSC membership demand



Sept 29, 2015 - 16:58 (IST)

PM Modi leaves for India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi left for home after concluding his two-nation tour of Ireland and the US.

My USA visit demonstrates the extraordinary depth and diversity of our relationship. A lot of ground has been covered in these few days.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 28, 2015

Sept 28, 2015 - 22:25 (IST)

Sept 28, 2015 - 22:24 (IST)

"I thank President Obama for responding to my call for a clean energy source. We should work together to advance this goal to ensure that affordable also becomes accessible to those who need it the most," Modi said.

"Our defence co-operation is expanding. We had a successful cyber security dialogue...I've had excellent meeting with business leaders in San Jose," Modi said.

"We will continue to work our bilateral framework on economic co-operation...My engagement in the US demonstrate the extra-ordinary depth in our relationships," the Prime Minister added.

Sept 28, 2015 - 22:21 (IST)

Modi thanks Obama for support for India's demand for permanent membership to the UNSC

After this bilateral meeting with Barack Obama, PM Narendra Modi thanked Obama for his support for India's demand for permanent membership to the UN Security Council. "I thank President Obama for support for India's permanent membership of a reformed UNSC," Modi said.

"I value your (Obama's) friendship and your commitment towards India-US relationships," the PM said. "India and US are part of the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. Amid the problems that one faces today, our partnership is of great significance for us and the world."

"President and I share an umpromising commitment on climate change without affecting our ability to meet development needs," he said.

Sept 28, 2015 - 21:08 (IST)

Modi meets Obama

Sept 28, 2015 - 20:55 (IST)

Modi meets Cameron, Hollande

PM Modi met UK PM David Cameron and French President Francois Hollande on the sidelines of the UNGA.

Sept 28, 2015 - 15:00 (IST)

PM Modi arrives in New York

The Prime Minister will also meet US president Barack Obama later today.

Sept 28, 2015 - 09:05 (IST)

And the PM's done. With a plug for Air India's latest flight

And just like that the Prime Minister's done. A rather abrupt end this. He thanks the audience, the Congressmen and women in the audience. 

"Bharat Mata ki.." " Jai," shouts the audience. 

"Your voice should reach India," the PM chides the audience with a smile. 

The "Jai"s are a lot louder for the next two "Bharat Mata ki". And then a couple of slogans in support of Bhagat Singh. 

"Give it up for Modi," shouts the emcee. His name's shouted, the PM walks on the stage as balloons falls from the rafters and 'Chak De India' booms on speakers. 

But wait he's back!

"From 2 December there will be direct flights from Delhi to San Francisco by Air India. Thrice a week...Thank you" he said. It's back to 'Chak De India' again and the Prime Minister's off the stage now. 

Sept 28, 2015 - 08:59 (IST)

UN has to define terrorism quickly, says Modi

The Prime Minister said that the two biggest problems before the world are terrorism and global warming. 

On terrorism, Modi said he'd written to world leaders seeking to define terrorism quickly so that mankind didn't suffer more. 

The Prime Minister said it was important to differentiate between humanitarians and terrorists. 

"It should be in black and white what is terrorism...As long as there is good terrorism, humanity isn't safe. Terrorism is terrorism," he said. 

The PM also took some credit for educating US state department officials about terrorism, saying that they had initially dismissed terrorism as a law and order problem. 

"It is the need of the hour that we recognise terrorism and that is the mission I am on," the PM said. 

It is the UN's responsibility to define terrorism so that world can decide the path it wants to walk on to achieve worldwide peace, he said. He said that the nation that had given the world Ahimsa now wanted peace across the world and the only way was to crush terrorism. 

He promised to take up the issue in the UN again. Nothing on global warming though. Hmmm. 

Sept 28, 2015 - 08:53 (IST)

PM Modi hardsells government's achievements

"Isn't corruption gone or not?" "Yes," shouts the crowd. 

"Won't it go for the poor?""Yes," they shout again. And just like that the PM's done talking about JAM. 

The Prime Minister is now talking about skill development. And then the Beti Bachao Andolan. And then the soil cards. The audience politely claps. He then spoke of urea and how the government had neem coated it. It can't be used anywhere else, he pointed out. It's not entirely a new concept though the Modi government has been pushing its cause harder (Read more here

But that's good enough for the audience. Finally something they can clap about. 

If I talk about everything we've done it could take 2 hours, he said, adding he was just showing the audience a trailer of what was to come. 

After the interaction with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook HQ, the Prime Minister now heads for his final event during the trip to the US. He's going to be speaking at the SAP Centre with hundreds of supporters expected to form the audience.

Earlier on Sunday, the Prime Minister spoke with Mark Zuckerberg at the Facebook headquarters where he spoke on a range of subjects like Digital India, the importance of social media for India and other topics. (More on that here)

Earlier on Saturday day some of the prominent leaders who met the Prime Minister were John Chambers (Executive Chairman of Cisco Systems), Sundar Pichai (Google CEO), Satya Nadella (Microsoft CEO) and Paul Jacobs (Executive Chairman of Qualcomm).

Live Modi thanks Obama for support for Indias permanent UNSC membership demand

PM Narendra Modi hugs US President Barack Obama. Image courtesy: @PMOIndia/Twitter

PM Modi on Saturday arrived in Silicon Valley with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.

The trip to Silicon Valley forms part of Modi's visit to the US' west coast - the first by an Indian prime minister in more than three decades.

At the hotel lobby, the Prime Minister was warmly welcomed by Indian Americans raising pro-Modi slogans.

"With Prime Minister Narendra Modi in office, we have the opportunity to reinvigorate US-India relations and bring our partnership to new heights," Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee said in a welcome statement as soon as Modi landed at San Jose Airport.

Royce and several other lawmakers would be attending Modi's address to the Indian community on Monday night.

"Prime Minister Modi's visit to Silicon Valley will undoubtedly bring the US and Indian tech sectors closer together, helping to deepen our strong and growing economic ties," Royce said.

Earlier, Modi left New York after hosting a crucial G-4 summit on UN Security Council reforms to begin another crucial part of his US visit with a packed agenda of meetings with corporate honchos in Silicon Valley.

During his two-day stay in Silicon Valley, he would begin and conclude his engagements with the Indian-American community, the last one being an address to a crowd of over 18,500 Indian-Americans at the SAP Centre in San Jose.

Sandwiched between the two community events would be Modi's visits to the campuses of Tesla Motors, Facebook and Google where he would hold meetings with the who's who of Silicon Valley – ranging from Apple CEO Tim Cook to Satya Nadella of Microsoft, Sundar Pichai of Google, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

The first-ever Indian prime minister to visit Silicon Valley after it became a global hub of innovation and entrepreneurship, Modi's first engagement after the community dinner would be to drive down to the Tesla campus.

"Namaste California! PM @narendramodi arrives in San Jose, for a tech-startup-energy-diaspora-oriented weekend," Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

"A warm Californian welcome. Members of the Indian diaspora greet PM @narendramodi at San Jose airport," he said.

(With inputs from PTI)

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