Day 2 of Modi's US visit: After UNGA address, PM meets heads of Lanka, B'desh, Nepal

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi`s speech in the UN General Assembly on day two of his visit to the US will be packed.

By Hemant Abhishek | Updated: Sep 28, 2014, 00:32 AM IST
Day 2 of Modi's US visit: After UNGA address, PM meets heads of Lanka, B'desh, Nepal

• Nepalese PM Sushil Koirala requested PM Modi for logistics support for the upcoming SAARC summit and was assured of help.

• Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina met PM Modi and said that she would not allow the soil of her country to be used for any kind of extremism and hoped that India would also reciprocate on the matter.

Talking to reporters after the meeting, Hasina said, "We are always against extremism. I have declared that I will not allow anybody to use our soil for any kind of extremism. We strongly fight the extremism and I hope that India will do the reciprocal."

PM Modi also conveyed that a consensus needs to be reached with Bangladesh in regard to the Teesta issue.

• After his speech at the UN General Assembly, PM Modi met with the President of Sri Lanka,  Mahinda Rajapaksa. 

MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin informed that PM held a detailed discussion with Lankan President in matters related to the fishermen, and said this was a humanitarian issue.

• PM concludes his speech with 'Namaste.'

• Let us fulfill promise to reform the UN Security Council by 2015: PM

• Let's make the next year an opportunity. Let's make it the a progressive year: PM 

• The next year can be an opportunity: PM 

• We will turn 70 next year and we have to ask ourselves — do we wait till we turn 80? No: PM

• Let us work towards adopting an "International Yoga Day": PM Modi

​• PM concluded his speech with a 'Namaste.'

•  When we talk of holistic healthcare, or going back to basics, I want to particularly mention Yoga: PM Modi

•  In order to deal with challenges we need to honestly fulfill our responsibilities: PM Modi

•  Basic sanitation is not available to millions of people, nor is electricity and drinking water: PM

• When we frame policies and agreements on international trade, we should accommodate each other's concerns: PM 

• Come, let us work towards peace: PM Modi

• We need to support UN's peacekeeping mission and its 'blue helmets' wholeheartedly: PM

• Every government has to fulfill its responsibility for development, which means there can be better coordination of policies: PM 

• Globalisation has given birth to several possibilities to eradicated economic problems: PM Modi

• We need to think about how to create a "G-all" atmosphere when UN is about to turn 70: PM

•  No single nation or group of nations can dictate the world: PM

• The world is evolving at fast pace in the 21st century and it becomes important for us to change with time and emphasise on new ideas: PM Modi

• UN should take initiative on a comprehensive convention on international terrorism: PM 

• Lets mould ourselves according to the need of the hour and work together towards peace: PM

• Why is it that despite having a wonderful platform like UN we have had to have the various 'G' platforms: PM

• We take the names of a lot of "Gs" — G4, G7, 20, etc — shouldn't we now move towards a "G All": PM

• Links like sea, space and cyber space that used to join us have now become points of conflict: PM

•  In very important spheres we are seeing new tensions: PM 

•  We all should come together to fight terrorism with collective effort: PM 

• We hear about good and bad terrorism. It raises questions on our fight against terror: PM 

• Many countries give terrorists shelter, says Modi.

• No country, big or small, in the north or the south, east or west, is free from the threat of terrorism: PM

• Terrorism is appearing in new forms and no nation is free from it: PM  

• We also offered help to flood victims in Pakistan: PM Modi

• ​Raising issues in the UN is not the way to make progress towards resolving issues between our two countries: PM Modi

•  It is also upto Pakistan to create the right atmosphere and come forward for bilateral talks: PM

• I am prepared to engage in serious bilateral dialogue with Pakistan in a peaceful atmosphere, without the shadow of terrorism: PM Modi

• Our future is linked very closely with our neighbours. That is why from first day we extended hand of friendship to our neighbours: PM

• There is a wave of democracy in the World. The peaceful political transition in Afghanistan is a testament to this: PM Modi

• Today the flags of 193 nations are flying here. We have achieved a lot in the last decades: PM

•  Every nation has their own philosophy. I am not talking about ideology: PM

• India is a country that has always raised its voice for justice, dignity, opportunity and prosperity: PM Modi

• This philosophy guides the nation. India's is Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam: PM Modi 

• I stand here conscious of the expectations of the world from  1.25 billion people: PM Modi

• As the Prime Minister of India, I am addressing you for the first time: PM

• Prime Minister begins his speech​ at the UN Headquarters.

• Prime Minister meets Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon​ at the UN Headquarters.

During this meeting, Modi referred to raising of the Kashmir issue by his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif while implying that the global body was not the right forum to discuss it.

Modi's reference to the issue in a meeting with the UN chief came a day after Sharif raked up the Kashmir issue at the UN General Assembly here.

Official sources said Modi referred to Sharif's remarks on Kashmir in the meeting with the UN Secretary- General and implied that the UN was not the appropriate forum to raise it as it was a bilateral matter.

• The Prime Minister began his day by visiting the 9/11 site, also known as Ground Zero, and paid respects to the victims of one of the worst-ever terrorist attacks that claimed more than 3,000 lives.

On the second day of his US tour, PM Narendra Modi will also meet former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg; addresses annual Global Citizen Festival at Central Park and meet group of eminent Indian-Americans.

PM Modi would also meet the governors of three US states - New York's Andrew Cuomo, South Carolina's Nikki Haley and Maryland's Martin O'Malley.

India on Friday exercised its right of reply on the floor of the UNGA to rebut Pakistan`s statement.

Abhishek Singh, first secretary in the Indian mission to the UN, said in his right-to-reply: "I would like to bring to the notice of this august House that the people of Jammu and Kashmir have peacefully chosen their destiny in accordance with the universally accepted democratic principles and practices and they continue to do so. We, therefore, reject in their entirety the untenable comments of the distinguished delegate of Pakistan."

Sharif had in his address at the UNGA said that the "core issue" of Jammu and Kashmir has to be resolved and pushed for a plebiscite in the state.

He also blamed India for the calling off of bilateral foreign secretary level talks last month.

MEA spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin also said that there is no meeting planned between PM Modi and Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif.