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Jaipur: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that reforms to UN Security Council were vital for a more equitable world and the draft presented by the president of the UN General Assembly should be adopted as the negotiating text. He said the negotiations should be completed before the next session of the general assembly.

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In his closing remarks at Summit of Forum for India Pacific Island Countries here, Modi said India would establish at least one information technology laboratory in each of the Pacific Ocean island countries and would like to shape its bilateral cooperation according to their needs. “As I mentioned in my opening remarks, reforms of the UN Security Council is in global interest and vital for a more inclusive and equitable world.

“We should quickly adopt the draft presented by the president of the general assembly as the negotiating text and conclude negotiations during the 70th session of the general assembly,” the prime minister said. He said India would remain very sensitive to concerns of Pacific island countries in international forums. “We would also like to shape our bilateral cooperation in accordance with your needs and priorities. Modi said combating climate change was India’s national priority but national action will succeed only through a strong international partnership. He said India was keen to establish an institute for sustainable coastal and ocean research in the region and a network of marine biology research stations in various island nations. “We could begin immediately with research collaboration and capacity building with institutions in India. We also propose to hold an international conference on ‘Ocean economy and Pacific Island Countries’ in New Delhi in 2016,” he said.

Modi said India would be pleased to create capacity in the island states to deal with natural disasters, including through human resource development and application of space technology for early warning system and incident response. “I am pleased to announce that we will establish at least one information technology laboratory in each pacific island country. This will not only improve local IT infrastructure, it will enable us to fulfill our commitment to provide tele-medicine and tele-education to the people,” he said.

(IANS)

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PM Narendra Modi arrives in South Africa, will address an Indian diaspora rally in Johannesburg

India and Mozambique signed three agreements, including a long-term one on the purchase of pulses

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, July 7, arrived in South Africa from Mozambique on the second leg of his four-nation African tour.

“Second leg of PM’s Africa tour begins in South Africa. PM lands in Pretoria,” the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted.

South African Minister for International Relations and Cooperation Nkoana Mashabane and Minister for Small Business Lindiwe Zulu welcomed Modi at Air Force Base, Waterkloof, in Pretoria.

On Friday, July 9, Modi will hold talks with South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria and later address an India-South Africa business meeting.

 Jacob ZumaImage source: malawi24.com
Jacob ZumaImage source: malawi24.com

He will visit the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and then the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

In the evening, he will address an Indian diaspora rally in Johannesburg following which he will leave for Durban.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister will visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement in Durban and undertake a train journey to Pietermaritzburg in memory of the 1893 incident when Gandhi was thrown off a train carriage on account of his skin colour.

He will also attend a reception to be hosted by the Mayor of Durban.

Modi arrived in Mozambique on Thursday morning, July 7, on the first leg of his African sojourn.

India and Mozambique signed three agreements, including a long-term one on the purchase of pulses.

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya. (IANS)

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