New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi early on Tuesday left for home after concluding his highly successful seven-day visit that took him to Ireland and the US and also saw India inching closer to realising its dream of becoming a permanent member of the UN Security Council.
"An extraordinary visit ends, with a relentless focus on the future. PM @narendramodi emplanes for New Delhi," External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted this morning.
Shortly ahead of departing for India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his five-day visit to the US “demonstrates the extraordinary depth and diversity of our relationship”.
“A lot of ground has been covered in these few days,” Modi tweeted before he left for home in the early hours of Tuesday after concluding his two-nation tour of Ireland and the US.
In their fifth meeting in about a year on Monday, 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 two leaders pushed ahead with cooperation in the areas of security, counter-terrorism, defence and economy.
“I got the opportunity to attend a widespread of programmes each of which generated many positive outcomes that will benefit India,” he said in another tweet, reflecting on the series of meetings he attended during his US visit.
Apart from Obama, Modi also 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.
Modi arrived in the US last Wednesday. In New York, he addressed a UN Sustainable Development Summit and batted for a permanent seat for India at the United Nations Security Council. He highlighted India’s goals for fighting climate change and said change was necessary in the UNSC to keep it relevant, taking a stand for the expansion of membership in the council.
During his visit, Modi also travelled to Silicon Valley and met top IT CEOs of the region. He addressed a meeting of some 18,000 Indian Americans in San Jose where he received a rock star reception.
Modi travelled to West Coast where he visited the Facebook headquarters for a town hall Q&A with its CEO Mark Zuckerberg. He also visited Google campus and Tesla Motors.
On the last day of his visit, Modi met leaders of the three permanent members of the UN Security Council - Obama, Cameron and Hollande.
“My gratitude to the American people for the very warm welcome and the hospitality wherever my delegation & I went,” Modi said in one of his tweets.
In the first leg of his seven-day trip, Modi visited Ireland, marking the first prime ministerial visit from India to that country in almost 60 years. In Dublin, he held talks with Enda Kenny, the Taoiseach of Ireland.
With PTI inputs