Spoke to Trump on boosting Indo-U.S. strategic ties: PM Modi

| Updated: Jan 18, 2017 01:00 IST

New Delhi[India], Jan. 17(ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday in his address at the second Raisina Dialogue said that USA and India will be keep on building the relationship further in regard to the strategic partnership and also pointed out that Russia is an abiding friend and the partnership between the old allies has deepened. "In my conversation with President elect Donald Trump, we agreed to keep building on these gains in our strategic partnership and Russia is an abiding friend. (Russian President Vladimir) Putin and I have held long talks on the challenges that confront the world today. Our partnership in defence has deepened. The emphasis on energy and trade have shown results," he said. Prime Minister Modi also highlighted the relations between India and China, saying that it is not unnatural for two large neighbouring powers to have some differences. "In the management of our relationship and for peace and progress, we need to show sensitivity and respect for our core concerns. I see the development of India and China as an unprecedented opportunity, for our two countries and for the whole world," he added. Prime Minister Modi told the 69 nations participating in the flagship geo-political conference "Raisina Dialogue" that reforms would not be enough "unless it transforms economy and society". He said for his government, this means a "path of international engagement" -- focussed on "restoring bridges, shaping relationships, making India human resource to be reckoned with". More than 250 representatives of 65 nations are participating in the second Raisina Dialogue. With a theme of "New Normal: Multi-lateralism with Multi-Polarity", the meet is focussing on deliberate on strategic issues including new challenges and cyber security.(ANI)
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