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Russia is Partner in Pain and Gain: PM Modi in Moscow

© SputnikPrime Minister Narendra Modi, Moscow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Moscow  - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.07.2024
Prime Minister Narendra Modi called Russia as India's "trustworthy friend" during a diaspora event in Moscow on Tuesday underlining the strength and the historic nature of the India-Russia relationship. "Russia is partner in pain and gain," he said.
Addressing the community, Modi asserted that "mutual trust and mutual respect" are foundation of India-Russia relations. He hailed President Vladimir Putin's leadership, which has been key to the bond between the two countries.

"Every Indian sees Russia as a trusted friend, a companion of good and bad times. No matter how much the temperature goes down to minus during the winter season in Russia but India-Russia friendship has always been warm, relations are built on strong foundations of mutual trust and mutual respect," Modi stressed.

Prime Minister stated that Raj Kapoor’s famous song Mera Joota hai Japani, which is popular in Russia, might be old, but the sentiment is evergreen.
Additionally, he described India as a strong pole in a multipolar world order, stating that the state's community is the brand ambassador of Russia-India relations. According to him, those who sit inside the mission are Rajdoot (ambassadors or diplomats), and those who sit out of the mission are Rashtradoot (national ambassadors). Modi urged to keep strengthening bilateral ties with Russia.

"For years, the world had seen an influence-oriented global order. What we need today is not influence, but confluence," Modi stressed.

In light of strengthening the linkages between the two nations, Prime Minister noted the progress in Chennai-Vladivostok corridor and "Ganga-Volga Dialogue of Civilizations" Conference.
In addition, he announced two new consulates in Russian cities Kazan and Yekaterinburg. Other consualtes are already located in St. Petersburg and Vladivostok.
In the meantime, Modi highlighted that "all these meetings have been increasing trust and respect". He also reminded Russia's effort to rescue Indian students from Ukraine.

"When our students were stuck in the conflict, President Putin helped us in getting them back to India. I once again express my gratitude to the people of Russia and my friend President Putin for this," Modi underscored.

Modi Hails India's Development

Hailing India’s development in the recent years, Modi said that it has been a month since he took as the Prime Minister for the third time and he has vowed to make triple efforts in overdrive mode for the further development of the country.
He reminded the audience his government's goal – to make India the third largest economy in the world.
Apart from this, the Prime Minister said that today the country has the world's third largest start-up ecosystem and it is filing for patents and publishing research papers in record numbers.

"In the last 10 years, the pace at which the country is developing, that has shocked the world. When people from across the globe come to India, they say it is transforming. What are they seeing? They are clearly seeing India's transformation," Modi emphasised.

Highlighting the transformative achievements, he said that when world's tallest railway bridge and statue are being built in India the world acknowledges the progress, and this transformation is fuelled by the support of citizens, both at home and abroad, who are committed to making the nation develop.
"Today, 1.4 billion Indians are dedicated to leading in every domain. We have not only steered our economy out of the COVID crisis but also positioned it among the world's strongest. Our infrastructure is advancing, setting global benchmarks. Health services are being enhanced, with free treatment provided to every underprivileged individual through the world's largest health insurance scheme, Ayushman Bharat," he underscored India's ambitious strides across various sectors.
President Vladimir Putin meets with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi - Sputnik India, 1920, 09.07.2024
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