Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday inaugurated the second edition of Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi amid much fanfare. During the inaugural address, PM Modi spelt out India's foreign policy agenda within the regional framework, stressing on the relations with Pakistan and China.
Speaking on Pakistan, the prime minister stressed that India cannot walk the path of peace alone, Pakistan must walk away from terror for peace to sustain in between the South Asian neighbour. On China, PM stressed that it is not unnatural for two neighbours to have some differences.
The Prime Minister's address was attended by former Heads of State and governments, foreign ministers and senior ministers from a number of countries and prominent foreign policy thinkers from around the world.
Watch PM Modi's full speech here:
Here are the highlights:
#Connecting with the world, our ancient scripture Rigveda says - 'Let noble thought comes to me from all directions'
#Those in our neighbours who support violence, hatred and export terror stand isolated and ignored: PM Modi
#Our strong belief in de-linking terrorism from religion & rejecting artificial distinction b/w good,bad terror are a global talking point: PM Modi
#Regional connectivity corridor projects can work only if we respect sovereignty of the nations on the corridors: PM
#India has long history of Maritime Security. We believe respecting freedom of navigation and respecting international norm is necessary in Indo-Pacific: PM Modi
#In my conversation with President Elect Donald Trump, we agreed to keep building on these gains in our strategic partnership: PM Modi
#Increased military strengths and rising ambitions create visible stress points: PM
#Security architecture must be open and transparent and should be rooted in international norms and soverignity: PM
#In the management of our relationship and for peace and progress, we need to show sensitivity and respect for our core concerns: PM Modi
#It is not unnatural for two large (India and China) neighbouring powers to have some differences: PM Modi at Raisina doalogue
#My vision for our neighbourhood led me to invite leaders of all SAARC neighbours including Pakistan for my swearing in: PM Modi
#PM Modi at Raisina Dialogue in Delhi: India alone cannot walk the path of peace, Pakistan must walk away from terror
#In Afghanistan despite difficulties, our effort is to focus on development and deepening security cooperation: PM
#A thriving well integrated neighbourhood is my dream: PM Modi at the second Raisina Dialogue in Delhi
#Security of our citizens is of paramount importance. Self-interest alone is not in our culture or behaviour: PM at second Raisina Dialogue
#The multi-polarity of the world, and an increasingly multi-polar Asia, is a dominant fact today: PM Modi at second Raisina Dialogue
#Realism, coexistence, cooperation and partnership, this finds place in our national interest: PM
#We need to guard against any inclination that promotes exclusion, specially in Asia: PM Modi at second Raisina Dialogue
#Non-state actors are significant contributors to the spread of challenges we face: PM Modi
#For multiple reasons, and at multiple levels world is growing through profound changes: PM Modi
#World needs India's sustained rise as much as India needs World. Our desire to change country has an indivisible link with external world:PM
#In May 2014, people of India ushered in a new normal. My fellow Indians spoke in one voice to entrust my Govt with mandate of change:PM Modi
#Its a great privilege to speak to you at the inauguration of second edition of the Raisina Dialogue: PM Modi in Delhi
Raisina Dialogue 2017
The 2nd Edition of Raisina Dialogue is all set to take place in New Delhi from 17-19 January, 2017.
The theme of the dialogue, this year, is 'The New Normal-Multilateralism with Multi-Polarity'.
The Dialogue is India's flagship Geo-political conference which is held annually. The dialogue is styled on the Shangri La Dialogue held annually in Singapore. And within a short span the it meet has emerged as a much awaited global conference in the international calendar.
The dialogue takes place in the back drop of Trump taking charge as US president by end of weekend and other global issues threat of terrorism. The second edition will feature participation from about 65 countries and more than 250 foreign participants.