India's International Ambition Larger Than Pak Issue: Alyssa Ayres

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Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign spoke to Republic TV on what she expects from PM Modi's address at UNGA

Written By Navashree Nandini | Mumbai | Updated On:
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As the nation is gearing up for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), Alyssa Ayres, former U.S. deputy assistant secretary of state for South Asia has spoken to Republic TV on Thursday about what she expects from the address. Ayres, who is now senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations has said that PM Modi will issue a tough statement against terrorism and climate change. Speaking about India's focus, Ayres has added that India's international ambitions are larger than the issue of Pakistan. She has said that she also expects the PM to speak about Kashmir issue.

Speaking to Republic TV, Ayres said: "We are gonna expect that the Prime Minister will speak to some extent the challenge of terrorism that India consistently raises on the world stage. We are likely to hear the PM talk about climate change given the importance that India has placed on being part of the solution to the global climate change challenge. I think we can also expect the PM talk about some of India's other ambitions, some of the maritime concerns, some concerns on issues like space. Space has been an important issue for India certainly in the past couple of decades."

"I hope that the Prime Minister's address will cover a range of issues that are important to India globally. And not simply the Kashmir issue that will undoubtedly come up. Any Indian leader will feel obligated to give a reply given the importance Pakistan has given to it. But I do think India's international ambitions are much larger than the very tough issue of Pakistan," she added.

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Here's what she said:

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