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Full Text: Narendra Modi's speech at SAARC summit

India TV News Desk November 27, 2014 9:53 IST
India TV News Desk

Kathmandu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today made passionate speech for better coordination between SAARC countries in different areas. He also called for a joint effort to combat terrorism.

Here goes the full text of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech at the 18th SAARC Summit today:

Koiralaji, congratulations on organising an excellent Summit.

Thank you, Nepal, for your warm hospitality once again.

Greetings to the Observer countries present here.

This is my first SAARC Summit. But, this is the second time I am meeting most of you together. I stepped into the office with the greetings of the entire world. But what moved me, dear colleagues, was your personal presence, with the good wishes of one-fourth of humanity. Because the future I dream for India is the future I wish for our entire region.

The last Summit was three years ago. Only two of us here were present in Addu. Even Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has come here after her re-election. President Rajapaksa will soon go into one and I wish him good luck. I especially welcome our newest colleague, President Ghani.

Ours is a region of thriving democracy; of rich inheritance; the unmatched strength of youth; and, a strong thirst for change and progress.