Narendra Modi says no country questioned India's surgical strikes

Speaking on the counter-terrorism offensive carried out by India in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in September 2016, Modi said: "The surgical strike demonstrated that India, which normally follows restraint, can also defend its sovereignty and ensure its security".

Addressing Indian-Americans at a reception in Virginia, Modi asserted that India has been successful in convincing the world about "the face of terrorism that is destroying peace and normal life" in the country. Modi has said that India would go beyond the Paris agreement as climate protection was part of India's ethos.

Noting that US-India trade has tripled over the last decade, reaching a historic high of almost Dollars 110 billion in 2015, USIBC said there is an opportunity for both the countries to also sync their regulatory and standards system to increase trade and investment. "But for the first time not one nation in the world raised a single question, about India's major step to conduct the surgical strikes against terror camps on Pakistani soil".

Welcoming the CEOs, Prime Minister Modi said that the world is focussed on India's economy.

The Prime Minister said this requires global partnership, adding, therefore the Indian government is working on principles such as Minimum Government, Maximum Governance. "American companies have a great opportunity to contribute", a separate tweet quoted PM Modi as telling the CEOs.

India is set to purchase 22 unmanned Guardian MQ-9B drones from the United States, pending formal approval from the US Congress. In this case, the popular choice would be Pakistan because Mr Modi has a lot of grievances against it to lament about and the U.S. wants to play it smart considering our strategic location and major undertaking of trade projects with China. "This is India's tradition and culture", he underlined, apparently referring to China's growing assertiveness in the resource- rich South China Sea, where Beijing has territorial disputes with its neighbours Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam. We believe in the idea of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam (the world is one family).

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"This is our nature and character", he said.

"Whenever the need arises we have done it and the world will never be able to stop us", he told the gathering. While the highlight of his first visit in 2014 was his rock-star like interaction with the Indian diaspora at Madison Square Garden in NY, his second visit saw him interacting with head honchos of top IT companies in California.

As for the H1-B visa issue, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has said that despite all the hue and cry about it, there has been no visible effect in the process.

"Good", said Cook as he emerged out of the meeting.

Issues that are expected to be discussed are: Defence cooperation, boosting economic ties, combating terrorism and security cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

This is published unedited from the PTI feed.

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