Prime Minister Narendra Modi granted a rare interview to the US-based Wall Street Journal before embarking on his landmark State visit to the United States. With the focus on strengthening bilateral ties, particularly in the defense sector, between India and the United States, all eyes are on the expected deals regarding the procurement of armed Predator drones and the permit to manufacture engines for advanced light combat aircraft in India.
During the interview, PM Modi discussed a range of topics, including India’s foreign policy and the country’s efforts to develop a modern and sustainable economy. Here are the key quotes from PM Modi’s recent interview:
“I am the first prime minister to be born in free India, and that’s why my thought process, my conduct, what I say and do, is inspired and influenced by my country’s attributes and traditions. I derive my strength from it. I present my country to the world as my country is, and myself, as I am.”
“There is an unprecedented trust between the leaders of the U.S. and India. India deserves a much higher, deeper, and wider profile and role. The growing defense cooperation between the two countries is an important pillar of our partnership, which also extends to trade, technology, and energy.”
“We do not see India as supplanting any country. We see this process as India gaining its rightful position in the world. The world today is more interconnected and interdependent than ever before. To create resilience, there should be more diversification in supply chains.”
“For normal bilateral ties with China, peace and tranquility in the border areas is essential. All countries should respect international law and the sovereignty of countries. Disputes should be resolved with diplomacy and dialogue, not war.”
“We have a core belief in respecting sovereignty and territorial integrity, observing the rule of law, and peaceful resolution of differences and disputes. At the same time, India is fully prepared and committed to protecting its sovereignty and dignity.”
“Some people say that we are neutral. But we are not neutral. We are on the side of peace. The world has full confidence that India’s topmost priority is peace.”
“India will do whatever it can and supports all genuine efforts to bring an end to the conflict and ensure enduring peace and stability.”
“There has to be an evaluation of the current membership of the council, and the world should be asked if it wants India to be there.”
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi sets out on his State visit to the United States, these quotes reflect India’s strength, vision, and commitment to promoting peace, sovereignty, and global cooperation. The anticipated defense agreements and the focus on diversifying supply chains demonstrate India’s eagerness to strengthen ties with strategic partners.
The interview highlights PM Modi’s pride in India’s heritage, his emphasis on peace and diplomacy in resolving conflicts, and India’s role in the interconnected world. It also underscores India’s determination to protect its sovereignty while actively supporting peace initiatives.
As the world watches this significant State visit, the outcomes and discussions between PM Modi and US leaders are expected to shape the trajectory of India-US relations, reinforce strategic cooperation, and foster mutual progress.
Sources By Agencies