PM Modi proposes polio eradication, regional satellite to Myanmar


Nay Pyi Taw: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday proposed SAARC-specific benefits like polio eradication and dedicated regional satellite to Myanmar, an observer in the eight-member South Asian grouping.

Addressing the Indian diaspora at the end of his three-day visit here during which he attended ASEAN and East Asia summits apart from holding bilateral talks with several leaders, Modi said India's stature has gone up globally in the last few months and the whole world was now seeing it through a changed eye.

"They are looking at ways to reach out to us," Modi said amid thunderous applause.

Dressed in his trade mark kurta pyjama with a local head-gear, gifted to him by the Indian community members, the Prime Minister also referred to his pet 'Make in India' initiative and said, "We want everyone to come and look at the opportunities India has to offer."

In his brief address, Modi spoke about India's initiative to launch an exclusive satellite for the SARRC countries and said Myanmar will also benefit from it in sectors like health, tele-medicine and education.

Noting that India has always strived to help countries of the region, he said, discussions will be held on ways to eradicate polio from the region in the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. He said the initiative will help Myanmar also.

"India succeeded in the fight against polio. But cases of

polio are still being reported in neighbouring countries like Pakistan. India will contribute significantly to the neighbouring countries on this issue (polio eradication)," Modi said.

Referring to India's ties with Myanmar, the Prime Minister said the two countries are "linked" historically as both had struggled for independence together.

He also referred to economic opportunities in India and said the country has the largest number of young talent in the world which is a great asset.

Modi said he met a number of world leaders in the last three days and meeting them was a "satisfying" experience.

Earlier, the Prime Minister met the guests, numbering around 300, individually and spent up to 20 minutes with them.

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