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Failed at home, Manmohan Singh shines at UN

Last Updated: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 23:54

Zee Media Bureau/Himanshu Kapoor

New Delhi: In our neighbourhood lies the epicentre of terrorism, said Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in a hard-hitting speech at UN general assembly asking Pakistan to shut down the "terror machinery" on its soil.

Back at home, criticised for his failure on foreign policies and recently being hit by Rahul Gandhi`s bombshell on ordinance on convicted lawmakers, the PM certainly shined at the UN.

On the eve of the meeting with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz, Manmohan termed Pakistan as the epicentre of terrorism. Singh said India wanted to resolve all problems with Pakistan, including the Kashmir dispute, through dialogue.

"India is committed sincerely in resolving all issues with Pakistan, including the issue of Jammu & Kashmir, through bilateral dialogue on the basis of Simla Agreement," he said.

Face with the criticism over the Food Security Bill, the PM said, "In India, we promote inclusive development in multiple ways. Legislation has broadened access to education and secured rural livelihoods. We are now building the world`s largest programme for food security. Digital technology is being harnessed to improve the delivery of public services and benefits to the people."
Manmohan expressed deep concern about the future of West Asia, saying that it is critical for our energy security as well as the livelihoods of nearly seven million Indians who work and live in the region.
The PM also condemned the chemical weapon attack in Syria and said, "There is no military solution to this conflict. We must intensify efforts to end the conflict and seek a political settlement. It is essential that the Geneva-2 conference be convened at the earliest."

First Published: Saturday, September 28, 2013 - 23:54

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