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Modi in US, UNGA summit Live Updates: Afghanistan’s territory should not be used to spread terrorism, says PM

Modi in US, UNGA summit Live Updates: PM Modi said, "Today, the world is witnessing a surge in regressive thinking and extremism. In this situation, it is necessary to make the world a site for science-based, rational and progressive thinking."

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: September 25, 2021 11:11:37 pm
Sharing the information on Twitter, PM Modi said the mission will open avenues towards innovation in the healthcare sector. (Source: Narendra Modi/YouTube)

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.

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23:10 (IST)25 Sep 2021
‘Regressive thinking’: PM Modi takes swipe at Pakistan for using terrorism as political tool

In a veiled attack on Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Saturday said countries with “regressive thinking” using terrorism as a “political tool” should understand that it is an “equally big threat” for them also.

Addressing world leaders at the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, PM Modi said, “Today, the world is facing an increased threat of regressive thinking and extremism. In such a situation, the entire world must make science-based, rational and progressive thinking the basis for development. In order to strengthen a science-based approach, India is promoting experience-based learning.” Read more

22:18 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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PM Modi conveyed his deep appreciation to the US over the decision to repatriate the antiquities to India.

Earlier, during the bilateral meeting between Modi and Biden, the leaders committed to strengthen their efforts to combat the theft, illicit trade and trafficking of cultural objects. Read more

21:51 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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19:31 (IST)25 Sep 2021
'Countries using terrorism as political tool should understand it is equally big threat to them'

PM Modi also said, "Along with regressive thinking, countries that are using terrorism as a political tool have to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat to them."

19:14 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:58 (IST)25 Sep 2021
Afghanistan's territory should not be used to spread terrorism: PM at UNGA

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18:56 (IST)25 Sep 2021
PM Modi stresses the need of science-based, rational and progressive thinking

"Today, world is at a risk of increase in regressive thinking and extremism.In this situation, it is necessary to make the world a site of science-based, rational and progressive thinking," PM Modi says.

18:51 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:49 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:46 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:42 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:40 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:39 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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18:32 (IST)25 Sep 2021
PM Modi to address UNGA shortly

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18:31 (IST)25 Sep 2021
PM Narendra Modi arrives at the UN Headquarters

PM Narendra Modi arrives at the UN Headquarters to address the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

17:59 (IST)25 Sep 2021
Watch | PM Modi to address 76th UNGA session

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the world leaders at the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly on Saturday, 6.30 pm IST. He has already arrived in New York for the event and is the first world leader scheduled 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’.

About 109 heads of state and government will speak at the debate in person and nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements. Modi had last addressed the UNGA session in 2019. Last year, all the world leaders had submitted pre-recorded video statements for the session in September, as heads of state and government could not travel to attend the annual gathering physically due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

17:54 (IST)25 Sep 2021
Harsh Vardhan Shringla meets Lord (Tariq)Ahmad

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16:27 (IST)25 Sep 2021
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US President Joe Biden in his first-ever meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaffirmed the strength to defence relationship and his unwavering commitment to India as a major defence partner, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said Saturday.

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15:56 (IST)25 Sep 2021
Biden reiterates US support for India's permanent seat in UNSC, entry into NSG

US President Joe Biden has reiterated America's support for india's permanent membership on a reformed United Nations Security Council and its entry into the Nuclear Suppliers Group during his first in-person bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. President Biden, in his talks with Prime Minister Modi, applauded India's "strong leadership" during its UN Security Council Presidency in August 2021, according to the US-India Joint Leaders' Statement issued after their meeting in the White House on Friday. --PTI

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives in Washington DC. (Twitter/NarendraModi)

Meanwhile, India and the US have said that they will take concerted action against all terrorist groups, including groups proscribed by the UN as they condemned cross-border terrorism and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice. A Joint Statement issued after the first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday said that the United States and India stand together in a shared fight against global terrorism.

Speaking at the first in-person Quad Leaders' Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the initiative would bring peace and prosperity in the world and Indo-Pacific nations. "Our Quad vaccine initiative will help Indo-Pacific nations. Quad decided to go ahead with a positive approach on basis of our shared democratic values. I'd be happy to discuss with my friends-be it the supply chain, global security, climate action, Covid response or tech cooperation," he added.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met US President Joe Biden for a bilateral meeting at the Oval Office in the White House. During the meeting, Biden said that the relationship between India and the US- the largest democracies in the world- is destined to be stronger, closer and tighter. “Four million Indian-Americans make the US stronger every day,” Biden told Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to participate in the first in-person Quad — India, US, Australia and Japan — leaders’ summit in Washington on September 24 being hosted by US President Joe Biden at the White House. Apart from addressing the crisis unfolding in Afghanistan, the two sides will also be working on an ambitious agenda concerning the Indo-Pacific region.

Modi, who has visited the US for the 7th time after assuming office in 2014, has said that his visit would be an occasion to strengthen the Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia.

Following his engagements in Washington, Prime Minister Modi will then travel to New York to address the ongoing 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly on September 24. According to the release by the PMO, Modi’s speech at the UNGA will focus on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change, and other important issues.

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