Modi winds up visit, pushes for strategic cooperation with US

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Narendra Modi in US
Narendra Modi in US

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on early 29 September left for home after concluding his highly successful seven-day visit that took him to Ireland and the United States.

During his visit, India inched closer to its hope to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

“A lot of ground has been covered in these few days,” Modi tweeted before he left for home. Modi also thanked Obama for his support (UNSC bid) and decided to push strategic cooperation.

“My visit (to the US) demonstrates the depth and diversity of our relationship. I attended many programmes that attended positively for India.”

During their meeting, Modi and Obama discussed a host of issues, including stepping up economic engagement and climate change, on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. The duo pushed ahead with cooperation in security, counter-terrorism, defence and economy.

Apart from Obama, Modi met his British counterpart David Cameron, French President Francois Hollande and leaders of Palestine and Mexico, among others.

“I shared my thoughts on key global issues at the @UN and also met many more leaders to strengthen India’s ties with the global community,” Modi tweeted.

The talks between Obama and Modi pertains to the global problem of climate change. The other one is a long-term strategic issue of China and its rivalry with Japan.

On the climate change issue, PM Modi referred to the Paris Conference likely to be held in December to fix responsibilities for governments in combating climate change problems.

India is yet to announce its Common but Differentiated Responsibilities (CBDRs), while many developed nations have done that already. India is likely to announce its CBDRs in October.

Meanwhile, Obama announced that 50 countries have pledged 40,000 peacekeepers for deployment on UN missions. He chaired a summit of world leaders at the UN to garner commitments to boost the capacity and capabilities of UN peacekeeping.

The US ambassador to the UN, Samantha Power, said in addition to some 40,000 new troops and police, more than 50 countries had pledged to provide more than 40 helicopters, 15 military engineering companies and 10 field hospitals.

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