'PM Modi Not Mentioning Pakistan Was A Good Thing': Kanwal Sibal

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Kanwal Sibal, former Indian Foreign Secretary, expressed his view on PM Modi's speech at the 74th UNGA and stated that not mentioning Pakistan was good.

Written By Manjiri Chitre | Mumbai | Updated On:

Kanwal Sibal, the former Indian Foreign Secretary on Saturday, speaking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) said that, "PM Modi did not mention Pakistan, which was a good thing because that would be unnecessarily playing into Pakistan’s game." According to him, India is confronting all the difficult situations is many ways currently. "His speech had required that much more interest as to how he is going to handle it. It was already announced that he is not going to talk about Pakistan directly (sic)," he said.

On climate change

Speaking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, the former Indian Foreign Secretary said that PM Modi has taken a lead in climate change and negotiations. "This is a subject on which the international community today is very heavily focused. India, because of its size, is often accused of being a big polluter and countries expect India to take major steps in terms of controlling gas emissions and so on. Here, Prime Minister has a very good message to sell about his 75 GW power plan target which he has now extended to 450, which would, in any case, go on extremely well (sic)," he said.

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PM Modi's speech at 74th UNGA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on Friday (IST). Speaking at the assembly, he elaborated on several topics like climate change and the schemes implemented by the Indian government. He further shared his vision for the global community. PM Modi also focused on the fight against terrorism as well as the fight against the use of single-use plastic. Addressing the Assembly, he also said that this year's assembly is special as the entire world is commemorating Mahatma Gandhi's 150th birth anniversary. Further, he also highlighted the importance of the biggest mandate he was awarded on May 23 (General Lok Sabha elections).

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