Modi in US, UNGA Summit Live Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said it is essential to ensure that Afghanistan’s territory is not used to spread terrorism or for terrorist activities. Addressing the world leaders at the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly, PM Modi said, “Today, the world is witnessing increased threat of regressive thinking and extremism. In this situation, it is necessary to make the world a site for science-based, rational and progressive thinking.”
He also took a veiled dig at Pakistan, saying that “countries using terrorism as a political tool have to understand that it is an equally big threat to them”.
Apart from this, Modi touched upon issues such as ocean conservation, need for more diversified approach of global economy in post-Covid world and India’s journey towards providing clean and potable water among others. He opined that development should be all-inclusive, all-pervasive, universal and the first priority for any nation.
PM Modi was the first world leader to speak at the UN General Debate — the theme of which this year 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’.
India’s First Secretary Sneha Dubey, while addressing the United Nations General Assembly earlier in the day, said the Union Territories of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh were, are and will always be an integral and inalienable part of India. “This includes areas that are under illegal occupation of Pakistan. We call upon Pakistan to immediately vacate all areas under its illegal occupation,” she added.