Whole world attracted to India: Modi

Whole world attracted to India: Modi

Doha, June 5 (IANS) With the enhancement of India’s image globally, the whole world is attracted to India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said here on Sunday.

“Today the whole world is attracted to India, is curious about India,” Modi said while addressing an Indian community reception here on the second and concluding day of his two-day visit to Qatar.

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“Even you must have felt the change underway in India,” he said after arriving to a rousing welcome to the reception.

“India’s image has been enhanced globally,” he said as members of the gathering chanted “Modi, Modi”.

Modi said that people of India living in Qatar were never away from India even for a minute.

“They are reliving India on the soil of Qatar,” he said.

At around 630,000, Indians comprise the largest expatriate population in this Gulf nation.

Modi said that the change in India has not happened due to Narendra Modi, but due to India’s 1.25 billion people.

“Global agencies are in agreement that is there is a fastest growing economy, it is India. Our growth rate is high,” the prime minister said, while pointing out that the world economy too was not doing well at the moment.

“While global purchasing power has gone down and adversely affected our exports, despite that we have clocked this high growth rate,” he said.

“The quarterly figures, even as India has faced two consecutive droughts, reflect a praiseworthy 7.9 percent growth.”

Stating that corruption has troubled India for long, Modi said that “we are determined to eliminate it”.

“We have introduced several schemes for combating corruption, for fiscal discipline and economic reforms,” he said.

The Prime Minister concluded by saying that when the leaders of other nations he visits praise the achievements of the Indian diaspora, “my hear fills with pride and joy”.

Modi, who arrived here on Saturday afternoon from Afghanistan, visited a health camp for Indian workers soon after his arrival.

On Sunday, India and Qatar signed seven agreements following delegation level talks led by Modi and Qatar Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al Thani.

Modi also met with top business leaders of Qatar and invited them to invest in India.

Later on Sunday, he will leave for Switzerland on the third leg of his foreign tour that will also take him to the US and Mexico.

India, Qatar pledge to fight terrorism, internet propaganda
Doha, June 5 (IANS) India and Qatar on Sunday decided to address the menace of global terrorism through a comprehensive approach to stop flow of foreign terrorists, dismantle terrorist infrastructures and counter terror propaganda through internet among other things.

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“Both sides noted that addressing the menace of global terrorism should be based on a comprehensive approach which should include, but not limited to, countering violent extremism, combating radicalisation and recruitment, disrupting terrorist movements, stopping all sources for financing of terrorism, stopping flow of foreign terrorist fighters, dismantling terrorist infrastructure, and countering terrorist propaganda through the internet,” a joint statement issued at the end of a series of high-level meetings Prime Minister Narendra Modi held here.

Modi visited Qatar at the invitation of Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani, Emir of Qatar, and interacted with top leaders including the Emir and the Prime Minister of Qatar Sheikh Abdullah Bin Nasser Bin Khalifa Al-Thani.

“The two sides discussed ways and means to further promote cooperation in cyber security, including prevention of use of cyberspace for terrorism, radicalisation and for disturbing social harmony,” the statement said.

Leaders from both sides welcomed exchanges and dialogue between religious scholars and intellectuals from both the countries and the organisation of conferences and seminars to promote values of peace, tolerance, inclusiveness and welfare, inherent in all religions.

Expressing appreciation for their ongoing bilateral cooperation in the area of security, the two sides agreed to enhance cooperation in counter-terrorism operations, intelligence-sharing, developing best practices and technologies, capacity-building and to strengthen cooperation in law enforcement, anti-money laundering, drug-trafficking and other transnational crimes.

The Indian side appreciated Qatar’s participation in the International Fleet Review and DEFEXPO in India in February and March 2016, respectively, and the increasing visits of Qatari delegations to India’s Naval and Coast Guard establishments.

The Qatari side evinced interest in the opportunities offered under the “Make in India” initiative for joint production of defence equipment in India, the statement said.

Both Prime Minister Modi and Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani at the delegation level talks highlighted that countering terrorism required a strong collective action by the global community.

“They further agreed to strengthen their cooperation in combating terrorism within the relevant multilateral institutions,” the statement said.

“The two sides described bilateral trade ties as an abiding link between the two countries,” it said, adding both sides also agreed upon the need to further strengthen these ties, particularly through diversifying the trade basket.

They agreed to encourage regular participation in each other’s trade fairs and exhibitions and to facilitate trade promotion measures.

The two sides expressed satisfaction at the growing presence of Indian and Qatari companies in each other’s markets and agreed to further encourage such participation, the joint statement said.

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