Minutes after the launch of South Asia satellite GSAT-9 on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a programme via video conferencing.

Leaders of Saarc nations including Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay, Maldives President Abdulla Yameen, Sri Lanka Prime Minister Prachanda, Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena also joined the video conference.

Congratulating the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the successful launch of the satellite, PM Modi said, “Our coming together is a sign of our unshakable resolve to place the needs of our peoples in the forefront.”

“Grateful to fellow leaders from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Maldives and Sri Lanka for joining me to celebrate this launch,” PM Modi added.

The rocket blasted off at 4.57 pm on Friday from the second launch pad at Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh, around 80 km from Chennai.

Calling the launch a historic day for South Asia, PM Modi said, “With this launch, we have started a journey to build the most advanced frontier of our partnership.”

Here are the live updates:

* We are a united family of South Asian countries, united in our pursuit of peace, progress & prosperity of our region and the entire humankind.

*Historic day for South Asia. With this launch we have started a journey to build the most advanced frontier of our partnership: PM Modi

*The support and presence of these leaders will add even more joy in the hearts & minds of our region.

*All the leaders will take part & address the programme via video conferencing at 5.30 PM this evening.

*Our coming together is a sign of our unshakeable resolve to place the needs of our peoples in the forefront: PM Modi

*I welcome President @ashrafghani, PM Hasina, PM @tsheringtobgay, @presidencymv Abdulla Yameen, PM Prachanda, President @MaithripalaS.

*The historic occasion has been made better with a surprise- we have leaders of South Asian nations joining us in celebrating this launch.

*I congratulate the team of scientists who worked hard for the successful launch of South Asia Satellite. We are very proud of them. @isro

*This will also greatly benefit South Asia & our region’s progress.

*Successful launch of South Asian Satellite is a historic moment. It opens up new horizons of engagement.

First Published | 5 May 2017 6:26 PM
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