PM Modi seeks Ireland’s support for UNSC seat

SansadTV Bureau

PM Modi meets Indian diaspora in Dublin

During his day-long visit in Ireland, PM Modi sought the country’s support for India’s permanent membership at the UN Security Council during wide ranging talks with the Irish PM.

PM Modi said that it was crucial to have UNSC reforms within a fixed time frame for successful conclusion of inter-governmental negotiations in the 70th year of the United Nations.

“I also sought his support for India’s permanent membership of the reformed Security Council,” Modi said in a statement.

PM Modi and his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny also spoke on a host of other issues that cover global challenges like terror and radicalisation.

“I was pleased to exchange views on a broad range of international challenges, including terrorism, radicalisation and the situation in Europe and Asia,” PM Modi said at a joint media event with Kenny.

PM Modi also said that he hoped that Ireland’s visa policy will be sensitive to the requirements of India’s IT firms.

He also thanked Ireland for its support which was crucial for India-specific exemption from Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2008.

“I have now sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of the NSG and other international export control regimes. India’s membership will deepen our bilateral cooperation and strengthen international non-proliferation efforts,” said PM Modi.

PM_Irish_ChildPM Modi was in Ireland for about five-hours, en-route to the US. He became the first PM to visit the country in almost 60 years. PM Nehru visited Ireland in 1956.

Even during this short visit, PM Modi took time out to meet and address a crowd of over 2,000 Irish-Indian diaspora in Dublin.

“One passes over Ireland every time one flies to New York. Your love has brought me here this time,” said PM Modi to the crowd.

He began his address by saying, “want to apologise as I think I should’ve given you all more time.”

Ireland is home to around 26,000 persons of Indian origin, of which around 17,000 are Indian citizens.

PM Modi was welcomed by children who sang Sanskrit shlokas for him. PM Modi was very impressed with the kids singing ‘sholkas’ in Sanskrit and he congratulated them and their teachers. He also took the opportunity to take a dig at the secularists back home, saying that if this had been done in India, it would raise several questions.

“I congratulate their teachers. It’s a matter of happiness that we can do it in Ireland. But had it been done in India, then questions would have been raised on secularism,” PM said.

“Overwhelmed by the community programme in Dublin. Recital of Shlokas in Sanskrit by children was very touching. Simply mesmerising! Great to see these children recite in Sanskrit,” Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

(With inputs from PTI)