Modi seeks Ireland’s support for UNSC reforms, addresses Indian diaspora

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Sep 23, 2015 22:37 IST
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny, left, points as he meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Government Buildings, Dublin, Ireland, Wednesday. Modi arrived in Ireland for high level talks focusing on strengthening economic, trade and investment between (AP Photo)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi sought Ireland’s support for India’s permanent membership of UN Security council and international export control regimes including NSG during wide ranging talks with his Irish counterpart. The talks also covered global challenges like terror and radicalisation.

During his nearly five-hour stopover en-route to the US, Modi, who is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Ireland in 59 years, held talks with his Irish counterpart Enda Kenny after which he hoped that Ireland’s visa policy will be sensitive to the requirements of India’s IT firms.

“I was pleased to exchange views on a broad range of international challenges, including terrorism, radicalisation and the situation in Europe and Asia,” Modi said at a joint media event with Kenny.

He also noted that their discussions underlined the importance of closer cooperation between the two countries which share democratic values and are consistent advocates of international peace and stability.

Later addressing the Indian community in Dublin Modi said India was the economy to wwatch out for in the 21st century.

“Earlier everyone used to say the 21st century belongs to Asia, now they are slowly coming around to the view that this century would belong to India,” he said to loud cheers from the audience.

He said the World Bank, IMF and all rating agencies are now of the view that India is the strongest member of BRICS, the association of five major emerging economies.

Earlier at his joint address with Kenny thanked Ireland for its support which was crucial for India-specific exemption from Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) in 2008.

“I have now sought Ireland’s support for India’s membership of the NSG and other international export control regimes. India’s membership will deepen our bilateral cooperation and strengthen international non-proliferation efforts,”Modi said.

In this context, he asserted that India has been a leading voice on universal nuclear disarmament since Independence and will remain strongly committed to that goal.

“Our credentials and record on non-proliferation are second to none,” he said.

The Prime Minister also sought Ireland’s support for the reforms of the UNSC within a fixed time frame - in particular, for successful conclusion of inter-governmental negotiations in the 70th year of the United Nations.

“I also sought his support for India’s permanent membership of the reformed Security Council,” Modi added.

On the trade front, he said the bilateral trade and investment ties were growing, despite global and regional uncertainties and the economic partnership can have a strong technology focus - information technology, biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, agricultural and clean energy.

“I also hope that Ireland’s visa policy will be sensitive to the requirements of India’s Information Technology firms. I also conveyed our interest in concluding a social security agreement, which will be of great help to professionals from both countries,” Modi said.

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