Modi hard-sells India to the US

Modi-PM-official-Washington: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said that India and the US have a fundamental stake in each other’s success as he assured that a confident India is “open and friendly for business, ideas, research, innovations and travel”.

In an Op-Ed piece “Unleashing India’s Energy and Drive” in the influential Wall Street Journal, Modi wrote that India and the US have “a fundamental stake in each other’s success for the sake of our values and our many shared interests”.

The article appeared Friday, the day Modi arrives in the US to begin a five-day official visit.

“And it will be of great value in advancing peace, security and stability in the Asia and Pacific regions; in the unfinished and urgent task of combating terrorism and extremism; and in securing our seas, cyber space and outer space, all of which now have a profound influence on our daily lives,” he said.

The Indian prime minister said that the complementary strengths of India and the US can be used for “inclusive and broad-based global development to transform lives across the world”.

“Because our countries’ values and interests are aligned, though our circumstances are different, we are in a unique position to become a bridge to a more integrated and cooperative world. With sensitivity to each other’s point of view and the confidence of our friendship, we can contribute to more concerted international efforts to meet the pressing global challenges of our times,” he added.

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