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PM Modi to address 76th session of United Nations General Assembly in New York

Prime Minister Narendra Modi early on Sept. 25 (IST) reached New York from Washington after holding the first in-person Quad Leader’s Summit on Friday. Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New York is scheduled to address the General Debate of the High- Level Segment of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) at 6:30 pm (IST) on Sept. 25.

Watch the full broadcast, as PM Modi addresses the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

 

“Landed in New York City. Will be addressing the UNGA at 6:30 PM (IST) on the 25th,” PM Modi said.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the theme for the event 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 revitalize the United Nations.’

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly was held virtually. According to the Ministry of External Affairs, PM Modi is scheduled as the first speaker to address the session.

  • PM Modi holds first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden:

Hours before flying to New York, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sept. 24 held a first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden since Biden assumed the office as US President.

“This morning, I hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House as we launch a new chapter in the history of US-India ties. Our two nations are the largest democracies in the world, and we’re committed to taking on the toughest challenges we face-together,” US President Joe Biden said.

During the high-level bilateral meet, PM Narendra Modi thanked President Biden and the people of the United Nations for showing solidarity with India when the country was fighting its battle against the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden during the discussion applauded the Government of India’s decision to resume COVID-19 vaccine export under the ‘Vaccine Maitri’ initiative from October.

During the 90 minutes interaction, PM Modi also raised forward number of issues concerning the Indian community- including the H1B visa issue. PM Modi also laid strong emphasis on the development of trade and economic relations between India and the United States.

“He also spoke of the facts that many Indian professionals who work here contribute to Social Security. The return of those contributions in the United States is something that affects a number of Indian workers,” Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla said while addressing the press briefing.

Both the leaders held a comprehensive discussion on a wide range of topics including- India-US defence relationship, TRIPS waiver, cooperation in UN Security Council, terrorism among others.

“President Biden was very specific in stating that he felt that India should have permanent seat in this UN Security Council. The both sides felt that India and US were natural partners based on democratic traditions,” Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla added.

Both the leaders called on the Taliban to adhere to all the commitments under resolution 2593 and respect the human rights of women, children, and minorities.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, both the leaders shared consideration on the support given to the hard-line elements including terrorist groups in Afghanistan by certain neighbors of Afghanistan.

“I think there was a clear concern expressed in that regard on Pakistan’s role in Afghanistan and their continuing support for a certain approach that did not seem to be conducive to the international community’s expectations of what Afghanistan should be like,” Foreign Secretary said.

PM Modi also highlighted 5 Ts (Tradition, Technology, Trade, Trusteeship, and Talent) to President Joe Biden and said these 5 Ts in some sense summarizes the India-US relationship.

Watch: PM Modi’s remarks during a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden

  • First in-person Quad Summit held

Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide, and US President Joe Biden participated in the first in-person Quad Summit held on Sept 24 in Washington, USA.

All four countries (India, the US, Australia, and Japan) jointly raised their support to work together to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The leaders also shared their perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan, emergent challenges in South Asia, and the Indo-Pacific.

Addressing the summit, PM Modi said, “The Quad will move forward with the collective democratic values, positive thinking & approach of the four countries.” He further added that it (Quad) will bring peace & prosperity to the Indo-Pacific region & the world.

According to the Ministry of External Affairs, PM Modi during the summit announced that India would make available eight million doses of Johnson & Johnson vaccines, which is the Janssen vaccine, manufactured in India by Biological-E, and would be ready by the end of October.

“In terms of climate change, of course, they said Prime Minister proposed the concept of a global green hydrogen initiative. We have already identified green corridors, including green ports in India. And the idea is that we cooperate to develop India as a hub of green hydrogen,” Foreign Secretary added.

According to the joint statement released by Quad leaders following the summit, the Quad countries have ‘joined forces to tackle the climate crisis, which must be addressed with the urgency it demands.’

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