US is our natural global partner: PM Modi

RSTV Bureau

PM-USDescribing America as India’s “natural global partner”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the complementary strengths of the two democracies can be used for inclusive and broad-based development to transform lives across the globe.

“The US is our natural global partner. India and the US embody the enduring and universal relevance of their shared values,” Modi wrote in an op-ed in The Wall Street Journal.

He said that the thriving Indian-American community in the US is a metaphor for the potential of India-US partnership, and for the possibilities of an environment that nurtures enterprise and rewards hard work.

Ahead of his arrival in New York for a five-day US trip, the Prime Minister said that India and the US have a fundamental stake and many shared interests in each other’s success.

“That is also the imperative of our partnership. And it will be of great value in advancing peace, security and stability in the Asia and Pacific regions; in the unfinished and urgent task of combating terrorism and extremism; and in securing our seas, cyber space and outer space, all of which now have a profound influence on our daily lives,” he said.

PM said that the complementary strengths of India and the US can be used for inclusive and broad-based global development to transform lives across the world.

“This is a moment of flux in the global order. I am confident in the destiny of our two nations, because democracy is the greatest source of renewal and, with the right conditions, offers the best opportunity for the human spirit to flourish,” Modi said.

“With sensitivity to each other’s point of view and the confidence of our friendship, we can contribute to more concerted international efforts to meet the pressing global challenges of our times,” he said.

PM Modi emphasised the role of technology in building partnerships between the two nations.

“Our strengths in information technology are especially important for leadership in the digital age. The partnership between our businesses takes place in the comfort and certainty of similar political systems and shared commitment to rule of law. In education, innovation, and science and technology, the US continues to inspire India,” he said.

India will be open and friendly for business

Asserting that there is a “high tide of hope for change” in India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that the country will be open and friendly for business and ideas to make it a new global manufacturing hub.

“We will create world-class infrastructure that India badly needs to accelerate growth and meet people’s basic needs. We will make our cities and towns habitable, sustainable and smart; and we will make our villages the new engines of economic transformation,” Modi said.

“‘Make in India’ is our commitment — and an invitation to all — to turn India into a new global manufacturing hub. We will do what it takes to make it a reality,” he wrote in an op-ed article in The Wall Street Journal.

The Prime Minister, who arrives in New York today on his maiden five-day US visit, said: “There is a high tide of hope for change in India.”

“A young nation with 800 million people under age 35, India is brimming with optimism and confidence. The young people’s energy, enthusiasm and enterprise are India’s greatest strength” he said.