Paris, Aug 23: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday exuded confidence that India has begun its journey towards development.
"Today I can say with confidence that the 130 crore Indians have begun their journey towards development. The mandate we have received is not just for running a government, but for building a New India'," Modi said addressing the Indian community at the UNESCO headquarters here.
He added that when he had visited France four years ago, he had promised that the country will start its march towards development.
"I do not belong to the community of Indians that forgets promises. I am the one who reminds people of the promises I made," he said.
"I have come to a nation of football lovers. You very well know the importance of a goal. That is the ultimate achievement. In the last five years, we set goals which were earlier considered impossible to fulfil," he added.
Modi also said that the friendship between India and France is unbreakable and the two nations have shown strength on every stage.
Addressing the Indian community at Unesco Headquarters in Paris, Modi said India and France have a century-old friendship and asserted that he was dedicating "this day to friendship".
"The friendship between the two countries are not based on selfishness, it is based on liberty equality and fraternity," the Prime Minister said.
"Today in the 21st century we talk of INFRA. I would like to say that for me it is IN+FRA, which means the alliance between India and France," he added.
Modi is in France as part of his three-nation five-day visit scheduled between August 22 and 26. From France, he will travel to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and -Bahrain before returning to Paris for the G7 Summit.
Modi unveiled a memorial for the Indian victims of the two Air India plane crashes in Saint Gervais, near the French Alps.
"I salute all those including the great Indian nuclear physicist Homi Bhaba, who lost their lives in the two crashes," he said.
"I want to tell you that India is now surging ahead, the mandate we have got is not merely for running a govt but for building a new India," he added.
News24 Bureau with Agency inputs
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