Even as the entire world watched, PM Modi made several big statements during his speech at the UN General Assembly (UNGA) and scored some major diplomatic victories.
New York: Addressing the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday slammed China and Pakistan without naming them.
In the context of Pakistan, PM Modi said that countries that use terrorism as a political weapon should understand that it is an equally big threat to them.
Prime Minister Modi addressed the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) for the fourth time in his tenure of more than seven years.
PM Modi said that it was imperative to ensure that the territory of Afghanistan was not used for the spread of terrorism and terrorist activities.
"We also need to ensure that no country can take advantage of the fragile situation in Afghanistan and use it for its vested interests. The women, children and minorities of Afghanistan need help and we must fulfill our duty by providing this help," PM Modi said.
Warning to China
During his 22-minute speech, PM Modi said in reference to the Indo-Pacific region that these are also the lifeline of international trade.
"We must protect them from the race of expansionism. The international community must speak in unison to strengthen the rule-based world order. We must keep in mind that we should only use marine resources and not misuse or over-exploit them," PM Modi said.
The strength of democracy
Referring to the strength of democracy in India, the PM Modi said, "I am representing a country which is proud to be the mother of democracy. Under our great tradition of thousands of years of democracy, India has entered the 75th year of independence on this August 15. Our country is the best example of a vibrant democracy."
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"It is the strength of India's democracy that a small child, who once helped his father in a tea stall at a railway station, is addressing the United Nations General Assembly for the fourth time today as the Prime Minister of India. I have been the Chief Minister of Gujarat for the longest time and have been the Prime Minister of the country for the last seven years. I have been serving the countrymen for 20 years," PM Modi added.