PM Modi in Washington for Nuclear Security Summit

RSTV Bureau
Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force base in Washington on Thursday. PTI Photo

Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force base in Washington on Thursday. PTI Photo

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has landed in Washington after wrapping up his day-long Brussels visit late on Wednesday evening.

In Washington, PM Modi will attend the Nuclear Security Summit where world leaders from over 50 countries are expected to share their assessment of the threat from nuclear weapons and materials.

India will submit a national progress report on nuclear security at the summit, which is also expected to deliberate on ways to tackle nuclear terrorism.

During his two-day stay in Washington, Modi is scheduled to interact with a number of world leaders including the host President Barack Obama.

From Washington, Modi will travel to Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh on April 2 for a two-day visit.

Late on Wednesday night when the PM took off for the US, MEA Spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted, “Thank you Brussels! An intense day of diplomacy ends as PM @narendramodi emplanes for Washington DC”.

In Brussels, Modi attended the 13th India-EU Summit and held bilateral talks with his Belgian counterpart Charles Michel.

During his visit in the terror-hit Belgium, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the dangers posed by terrorism and said the UN should address such major challenges failing which the global body could be rendered irrelevant.

Addressing the Indian diaspora in Brussels, the PM said it was unfortunate that the UN was still unable to define terrorism and act on a resolution which prescribes action against the countries which support or give shelter to terrorism.

Underlining that terrorism needs to be delinked from religion, Modi said the menace posed challenge to humanity and those believing in humanity should collectively fight it.

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi giving his Press Statement, during the Remote Technical Activation of India-Belgium Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Telescope, in Brussels, Belgium on March 30, 2016. The Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel is also seen. PTI Photo

The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi giving his Press Statement, during the Remote Technical Activation of India-Belgium Aryabhatta Research Institute of Observational Sciences (ARIES) Telescope, in Brussels, Belgium on March 30, 2016.
The Prime Minister of Belgium, Mr. Charles Michel is also seen. PTI Photo

Referring to the UN, Modi said it has all means and mechanism to deal with war. But unfortunately the UN does not know what the definition of terrorism is and how to address it.

“The UN could not perform its duty in this regard…if the UN does not address this problem, it will not be too far before the world body loses its relevance,” he said.

“The world was jolted by 9/11. Till then the world powers did not understand what India was going through. But India never bowed to terrorism and there is no question of bowing before it,” the Prime Minister said while explaining how the world was feeling the impact of terrorism only now when India has been facing the menace for over last 40 years.

During his one hour address, the PM also highlighted the achievements of his government with regard to ending corruption, bringing transparency in the functioning of government while citing various programmes.

Referring to the progress made by the country in the last two years, Modi said India was today the fastest growing nation.

“This has not happened because of Naseeb (luck) or Modi, but because of people. During the last two consecutive years, there have been droughts in different parts of India, but the country still has made progress at fast rate. If our intentions are good, nobody can stop India from progressing,” Modi said.

(With inputs from PTI)