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PM Modi rejects objections by Pakistan, China to hold G20 meetings in Kashmir, Arunachal

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Ahead of the G20 Summit in New Delhi next week, Prime Minister Narendra Modi outrightly rejected the objections raised by Pakistan and China for holding meetings in Kashmir and Arunachal Pradesh and asserted it was natural to hold meetings in every part of the country.

“It’s natural to hold meets in every part of country,” PM Modi said in an exclusive interview with news agency PTI.

A G20 meeting was held at Itanagar in Arunachal Pradesh on March 26 this year. China had skipped the meeting. Xi Jinping-led country does not recognise India’s soveringity over Arunachal and claims that the state is a part of south Tibet.

The Prime Minister reflected on the significance of the G20 Summit scheduled to be held on September 9 and 10 and said that there are several impacts from India’s Presidency of the global event are “close to his heart”.

“Many positive impacts from India’s G20 Presidency, some very close to my heart,” he said.

“In G20, our words and vision are seen by the world as a roadmap for the future and not merely ideas,” he added.

Top three economy vow

PM Modi reiterated his vow to place India among the top three economies of the world in his next tenure.

“India will be in the top three economies of the world in the near future. Indians today have a great chance to lay the foundation for growth that will be remembered for the next thousand years. For long India was seen as a country of 1 billion hungry stomachs, now it is 1 billion aspirational minds, 2 billion skilled hands,” he said.

The Prime Minister said that India will be a developed nation by 2047 and will have no place for corruption, casteism and communalism.

“India will be a developed nation by 2047; corruption, casteism and communalism will have no place in our national life,” he said.

“’Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ can also be guiding principle for welfare of world,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)

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