Signalling that water management would be its priority, PM Modi said India would spend $50 billion on water conservation in the next few years. “India will increase the share of non-fossil fuel, will increase renewable energy capacity to beyond 175 GW by 2022 and take it to 400 GW,” PM Modi said.
Later in the day, PM Modi is to address the first-ever high-level meeting on universal health coverage, which will launch new efforts to provide access for all to affordable, inclusive and resilient health systems.
The Prime Minister is also scheduled to address the ‘Leaders’ Dialogue on Strategic Responses to Terrorist and Violent Extremist Narratives’, organised by a group of countries, along with the UN Secretariat, which deals with the Office of Counter-terrorism.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the Climate Action Summit at the UN headquarters and said that India would spend $50 billion on water conservation in the next few years.
President Donald Trump arrives to speak at the "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at NRG Stadium, Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019, in Houston. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
At the 'Howdy, Modi' event in Houston, PM Modi said India “bid farewell” to Article 370 because it was hindering development and fuelling terrorism. Then, in an indirect reference to Pakistan, Modi said that those who cannot manage their own country have “problems” with India’s decision. Sharing the stage with "loyal friend" Donald Trump, Modi endorsed him for a second term as US President. “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar,” he said.
Addressing the Indian diaspora at the Howdy Modi event in Houston, Modi said that after 70 years, “one thing has been bid farewell”. “Aap samajh gaye, na? (You have understood, haven’t you?) he said, to a loud cheer from the crowd. Then, he made it clear: “This issue is of Article 370.”
The event was marked by the personal rapport between Modi and Trump, with both praising each other in their speeches. Modi called Trump warm, friendly, energetic, accessible, and full of wit, and referenced his own election slogan to say, “Abki Baar Trump Sarkar”. He said that Trump’s sense of leadership, passion for America, his concern for every American, and his strong resolve to make America great again has achieved much for the US and for the world.
Describing the event as “history in the making”, Modi said: “You had introduced me to your family when I came to the White House. Today, I have the honour of introducing you to my family.”
Trump spoke for about 24 minutes and called Modi one of America’s “most loyal” friends. Praising the Indian American community for their contribution, he said: “You have no better friend than President Donald Trump.”
As he ended his almost 50-minute speech, Modi reiterated a new commitment to build their countries and invited Trump to visit India with his family.