'Prosperous SAARC needs strong foundation of a secure South Asia': PM Modi

PM ModiKathmandu, Nov 26 : Asserting that a prosperous SAARC needs the strong foundation of a secure South Asia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday urged all participating nations to work together to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes.

"If we are sensitive to each other's security and the lives of our people, we will deepen friendships, spur cooperation and advance stability in our region," said Prime Minister Modi in his address at the SAARC Summit.

"Today, as we remember the horror of the terror attack in Mumbai in 2008, we feel the endless pain of lost lives. Let us work together to fulfill the pledge we have taken to combat terrorism and trans-national crimes," he added.

Prime Minister Modi said India's vision for the region rests on five pillars - trade, investment, assistance, cooperation in every area, contacts between our people - and, all through seamless connectivity.

"This is the call of our times. This is the age of social media, where boundaries matter little. There is a new awakening in South Asia; a new recognition of inter-linked destinies; and, a new belief in shared opportunities," he added.

Asserting that the bonds will grow, Prime Minister Modi said: "We can all choose our paths to our destinations. But, when we join our hands and walk in step, the path becomes easier, the journey quicker and the destination closer."

"I say this as much to my government and people, as I say to you. We are meeting in the lap of Himalaya, which has nurtured us through the ages. Today, it is calling us to act. Let us work to change cynicism into optimism. Let us turn South Asia of flowering hope into a rich field of peace and prosperity," he added. (ANI)

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