NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday urged the world to speak in one voice against terrorism and said that countries must be held accountable for sanctuaries and support to terror.
“Terrorism does not just take a toll on lives, but can derail economies,” PM Modi said at the 37th Singapore Lecture.
“We must delink terrorism from religion and assert the human value that defines every faith,” PM Modi said.
“India is now the bright hope for sustaining Asia’s growth, the Prime Minister said highlighting the importance assigned to the region by India.
“In the course of last eighteen months, my government has engaged more with this region than any other in the world,” the PM said.
Talking about India’s relationship with Singapore, PM Modi said: “Today Singapore is one of our most important partners in World, it’s a relationship which is as strategic as it is wide-ranging.”
“Singapore teaches us many things. The size of a nation is no barrier to the scale of its achievements. And the lack of resources is no constraint for inspiration, imagination and innovation,” he said.
“With almost entire region, India has economic cooperation frameworks. We will upgrade our partnership agreement and look for an early Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership,” Modi said at the event also attended by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.
“Singapore is a nation that has become a metaphor for reality of dreams. The lack of resources is no constraint for inspiration, imagination and innovation,” he added.
“It has inspired this region’s progress and led in its integration,” Modi said, adding, “Singapore’s success became an aspiration for Indians. And, in turn, India became the hope for a more peaceful, balanced and stable world.”
Noting that India and Singapore have been together at many crossroads of time, Modi said, “We stood together at the dawn of freedom … Singapore success has become India’s springboard to the world and gateway to the East.”
“We have comprehensive defence and security cooperation. Singapore is the biggest investment source,” Modi said.
Starting from the first IT park in Bengaluru, the partnership has now moved to the newest city of Amaravathi, the new capital of Andhra Pradesh, he noted.
“We are linked by geography and history in case of each ASEAN member. We look forward to a more dynamic partnership between India and ASEAN,” the Prime Minister said.
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