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Centre giving utmost priority to development of North East: Jaishankar

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government is giving utmost priority to the development of the North East, including Manipur.

The EAM began his two-day visit to Manipur on Saturday from Imphal. He attended an interactive programme held at Classic Grande in the city on Saturday evening.

Jaishankar also said that the central government was working to improve connectivity and infrastructure in the Northeast.

The External Affairs minister tweeted, “Delighted to interact with the business community in Imphal today afternoon. Modi Government is giving utmost priority to the development of the North East, including Manipur. It is visible in both resources and attention.”

Stressing the importance of improving connectivity in the Northeast as it would open up a gateway to the wider world, Jaishankar tweeted, “Assured that we are working to improve connectivity within the Northeast and to the wider world; and expand its access to global markets and workplace.”

The EAM also stated that India’s G20 presidency will be celebrated at various places across the country, including Manipur.

He said, “Our upcoming Presidency of the G20 will showcase Northeast to the world, with attendant tourism benefits.”

The interactive programme attended by Jaishankar was hosted jointly by the Ministry of External Affairs and the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII).

India will assume the presidency of the G20 for one year from December 1. India will host over 200 meetings with the objective of securing global economic growth and prosperity.

(With inputs from ANI)

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