An Asia of unity will shape the world, says PM Narendra Modi

| Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 08:51
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An Asia of unity will shape the world: Modi

SEOUL: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Tuesday that the future he dreams for India is the future he seeks for its neighbours and that growth must be more inclusive within and across nations.

Addressing the 6th Asian Leadership Conference in Seoul, where President Park Geun-hye was also present, Modi said Korea's economic miracle and global leadership in technology has made the promise of the Asian Century more real.

"Growth must be more inclusive and across nations. This is the obligation of national governments but also a regional responsibility," he said, according to tweets posted by the Prime Minister's Office.

"The future I dream for India is the future I seek for our neighbours. Our growth must be more inclusive within and across nations," he said.

"India's progress is an Asian success story. My Asian dream is one in which all of Asia rises together," he added.

On climate change, Modi said "reverence for nature is part of our shared heritage. Combating climate change is in our enlightened self interest," external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

He stressed on connectivity and said that India is located at Asia's crossroads. "We will assume our responsibility to build an inter-connected Asia."

"An Asia of rivalries will hold us back. An Asia of unity will shape the world. Let us draw upon our shared heritage and pursue a common purpose in Asia."

On reform of the UN, Modi said: "We must work as Asians Ato reform Athe global institutions of governance, including the United Nations and its Security Council."

"India seeks an Asia of shared prosperity, where the success of one nation becomes the strength of the other."

Modi is on the final leg of his three-nation tour, that also took him to China and Mongolia.

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