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Transcript of Press Briefing by Official Spokesperson on the Prime Minister's first day of programme in New York (September 24, 2015)

September 25, 2015

Mr.Vikas Swarup (Official Spokesperson): Good evening friends and welcome to this press briefing on the Prime Minister’s first day of programmes in New York. I have with me Mr. Arun Singh, our Ambassador to the United States who will supplement the briefing that I will give you on broadly what happened today.

As far as the first event was concerned- the meeting with the financial sector, I have given a detailed briefing on that. So, I will not dwell on that once again but come straight to the meeting of the Minister with Her Excellency Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister of Bangladesh. It was a very good meeting between the two leaders. They reviewed the progress in bilateral relations since the time they last met which was when Prime Minister had visited Bangladesh. After that, as you know, Sheikh Hasina did come to India for a very short visit basically to pay condolences when the President’s wife had died. So, the two leaders reviewed the progress in bilateral relations. Both of them expressed great happiness at the very smooth manner in which the Land Boundary Agreement had been implemented and they looked forward to the complete implementation of this agreement in the coming months.Also, there was a discussion on connectivity and infrastructure, in particular the BBIN model for road transport, an agreement on which has already been signed. There was also some discussion on the Sustainable Development Goals, how the Prime Minister said in fact that we are very happy that the Sustainable Development Goals have enshrined poverty alleviation at their core which is exactly what was needed. There was also a discussion on United Nations Security Council reform with Shiekh Hasina saying that she fully supports the position that India has taken that there must be reform of the United Nations Security Council and the 70thanniversary of the UN affords an excellent opportunity to the international community to effect these long delayed reforms.There was also some discussion on reforms of these institutions or other institutions of global governance such as the IMF and the World Bank.

After that, as you know, the Prime Minister had a meeting with Mr. Ralph Gonsalves, the Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines. St. Vincent and the Grenadines is in the Caribbean’s- a very small country with population of just 102,000. Yet it has an influential voice in the United Nations. In particular, the Prime Minister thanked the Prime Minister Gonsalves for the leadership he had shown at the time of the text based negotiations issue which came up in the IGN and as a result of the initiative taken by countries like St. Vincent and the Grenadines, we are able to get a UNGA decision on having text based negotiations in the IGN. As you know that is a decision which was adopted by consensus and in November the next round of the IGN is expected to begin. So, the Prime Minister thanked him for that.

There was also discussion on the bilateral relationship.The Prime Minister of St. Vincent and the Grenadines expressed his happiness at the assistance that India had provided and Prime Minister said that we are prepared to further assist the country in capacity building. In fact, there is an invitation to Prime Minister Gonsalves to visit India and the Prime Minister said that he looked forward to that visit which will happen either in late 2015 or early 2016.

We then come to the Newscorp event, the round table meeting on media, technology and communications, the growth story for India.If you have seen my tweets, you have already seen the range of CEOs who were present there. It was Mr. Rupert Murdoch, the Executive Chairman of Newscorp and 21st Century Fox, his son James Murdoch, CEO of 21st Century Fox, Robert Thomson, CEO, Newscorp, Uday Shankar, CEO Star India, David Zaslav, President and CEO, Discovery Communications, Michael Lynton, CEO Sony Entertainment, Michael Roth, CEO Interpublic Group of Companies, Shane Smith, CEO, Vice Media, Martin Sorell, CEO, WPP, Jeff Bewkes, CEO, Time Warner, Nancy Dubuc, CEO, A+E Networks, Anthony Pratt, Chairman, Visy Industries, William Duhamel, Route One Investment Company and Jeff Ubben, CEO ValueAct Capital.So, basically, as James Murdoch said, 40 per cent of the world’s entertainment industry was present in that room and this was a combination of executives dealing with media and entertainment and also executives who are venture capitalist and who are investors in media related companies. So, this was a combination of people who invest in media and people who do media.

So, it was a very important meeting because the Prime Minister was able to hear from them, what their expectations were from India, as you know most of them have invested in India and have invested in India for very many years. All of them said that India is the biggest market for them in terms of the phenomenal growth in entertainment channels in terms of the youth in India, wanting more such content and they asked for speedier digitization of the Indian systems.Shane Smith, for instance, said that he wanted as soon as possible 4G connectivity to be rolled out because this is the bandwidth that they need for their programmes, their content to be rolled out and for it to reach people as fast as possible.

The Prime Minister observed that the changes in technology in media in recent times have led to an enormous democratization of knowledge.He said that the world is now technology-driven society where growth of digital infrastructure is as important as the growth of physical infrastructure. He suggested to the CEOs that India represents both the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge for them and urged them to keep regional languages in mind as they developed their content and as they firm their investment plans for India. He also spoke of the Government’s vision for digital India, the plan to connect 600,000 villages through broadband connectivity and he asked the CEOs to visualize the citizens of the 21stcentury and think about what values they will represent and what challenges they will face. He also spoke of the role that digital technology can play in human resource development. The Prime Minister emphasized that he saw a key role for digital technology in further strengthening democracy and in India’s development narrative. He also gave a number of suggestions to them in terms of how media and communications companies could be part of India’s development story. One idea that he gave was that if together we could set up some kind of a communications university in India, a chair in communications study, which could then help further progress in the areas that they are really interested in.

After that, the Prime Minister had meeting with the President of Guyana. This was also a very important meeting as Guyana has large population of Indian origin also. In fact, the previous President of Guyana was the chief guest at our Pravasi Bharatiya Divas and this was an opportunity for our Prime Minister to meet with the new President of Guyana who recently won the elections. In fact, he invited him to visit India to which the President said that his last visit to India was 44 years ago. So, the Prime Minister said that he must visit India. In fact, he was a soldier at that time and he had just come to India on a visit. So, the Prime Minister invited him to come to India Again there was a broad-based discussion on the state of bilateral relationship and what we could do to further improve the partnership. The President expressed very good satisfaction with the kind of support India had provided in IT and in various other fields of capacity building. There was a discussion on the proposed centre for excellence in IT that India is going to set up. The Prime Minister reiterated that we are committed to that and work is proceeding on that. There was also discussion on UN Security Council reform and how all countries needed to cooperate with each other more closely in order to effect the much needed reforms of the Security Council. There was also discussion on threat posed by terrorism. The Prime Minister once again said that this underscores once again the need for the international community to come together and pass the comprehensive convention on international terrorism.

Then there were a series of bilateral meetings that the Prime Minister had with the leading CEOs of US based companies. Mr. Ajay Banga heads the MasterCard was the first to meet him.Thereafter, there was meeting with Michael Bloomberg, former mayor of New York city who is also a great philanthropist and very keenly interested in sustainable development. He mentioned a number of programmes that the Bloomberg Foundation has undertaken across the world which has led to more sustainable lifestyles. It has reduced cancer by cutting down on smoking and things like that. So, there was a broad discussion on what are the kinds of initiatives that we could take together. Then there was a meeting with the CEO of Lockheed Martin Ms Marillyn Hewson and she also said that Lockheed is very committed to India. In fact, they already have facility in Hyderabad now in partnership with Tatas which is manufacturing the tail segment of the C-130.Then, there was a meeting with the CEO of Aecom which is again a very large infrastructure company. The Prime Minister thanked him for the leadership that he had taken in developing the port of Dholera and now in fact they have also the contract for development of smart city Vizag. He said that they employ 2,500 people in India right now and the plan is to double this number and he said that 98 per cent of the employees are Indian. With Michael Bloomberg, I forgot to mention that the Prime Minister also thanked him on his guidance for smart city project because he is the knowledge partner on the smart city project and thanks to that the 100 smart cities have been identified and the work is now proceeding on that. So, that was Aecom and then we had the CEOs.

In fact, the Ambassador and I are just coming from the dinner with the CEOs as you know, 42 of the world’s leading CEOs of Fortune 500 companies were together in that one room. I was told that the net worth of all the companies put together is USD 4.5 trillion. So, this itself tells you how important this gathering was. The Prime Minister heard from each and everyone of them on what their plans for India were, what were the problems they were facing and how we could resolve them. By and large, the mood was upbeat and there was general consensus that the Prime Minister is effecting change in India. The only thing that all the CEOs said is, please make all the changes faster.I think the overall message came through and the Prime Minister did assure them that he was committed. He said, fundamentally he believes in deregulation, fundamentally he believes that the Government should allow the private sector space to develop and that he is for predictable transparent accountable governance. I will now ask Ambassador now to add a little bit to this and then we will open up for questions.

Mr. Arun Singh (Indian Ambassador to the US): Thank you Vikas. I think Vikas has said most of what was covered with just a few thoughts. I was hearing the interactions and the comments. It came through clearly that most people felt that this was a very good moment for India in the global context. If you looked at economic trends globally, this was the unique opportunity for India to move ahead, attract capital and fine moments in terms of market access and ability to produce both for domestic and for exports. There was also a sense that the unique position of digital technology today and in the coming period, provided a special opportunity for India with its strengths in this sector. Therefore, the Indian talent which is contributing in a major way to the development of this technology in a global context could provide very special opportunity for India to leapfrog technology and to move ahead in terms of its economic strategies.

I think there was support and appreciation expressed for the Make In India programme, the Skill India programme, the work related to smart cities, the focus on renewable energy, some emphasis on the need in infrastructure and then appreciation for the way the concept of smart cities has been approached. In the media segment, one another aspect that came through was that digital technologies and mobile platforms which would be critical in the media segment in the coming years, provided opportunity for democratization of access to media for inclusion and empowerment and therefore building of more infrastructure in this sector would be a critical element of the growth process in the coming years.There was some discussion on how the media could be used or could be a partner in promoting India’s development goals; for example, in the tourism sector, spreading more effectively message related to tourism sites in India, the historical sites and also skilling of people to act as effective partners in the process of hospitality and tourism.

So, these are some of the additional thoughts that came through in the discussion. But the general sense was that a lot has happened. This is the unique moment for India which they were all very keen to partner with, of course in the interest of the work they were doing but also for the development purposes in India. In fact, the media technology communication sector could be encapsulated in employment and empowerment. I think that was the broad sub-text of that particular session.

प्रश्‍न: विकास जी, मीडिया इन्‍डस्‍ट्री में अगर एफ.डी.आई. की बात करें तो 26 प्रतिशत का कैप है। इसको लेकर क्‍या कोई बात उठी, या किसी तरह का कोई कन्‍सर्न है कि इस कैप को बढ़ाया जाये?

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता : जहॉं तक मेरा विचार है, इस तरह की कोई भी बातचीत नहीं हुई थी। क्‍योंकि जितनी भी मीडिया कम्‍पनी थीं उन सबने यही कहा कि इस समय इण्डिया हमारा सबसे बड़ा मार्केट है। तो ऑलरेडी मेरे ख्‍याल से एक्जिस्टिंग नॉर्म्‍स के अण्‍डर में जो आए हुए हैं, उससे उन्‍हें कोई तकलीफ नहीं हो रही है। वे बस यही चाह रहे थे कि किस तरह से ब्रॉडबैण्‍ड कनेक्टिविटी, ब्रॉडबैण्‍ड इन्‍फ्रास्‍ट्रक्‍चर का विस्‍तार हो ताकि उनके प्रॉडक्‍ट्स जो हैं, वे और आसानी से आम जनता तक पहुँच सकें।

Question: Sir, even though the Prime Minister’s UN agenda has not begun, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi has filed two correspondences about India building a 197 kilometre long, 10 metre high and 135 feet wide wall and she calls is illegal because it is on the LoC. What is India’s response?

Official Spokesperson:We have been aware of the two letters that were written. The first letter was written on the 4thof September. The letter dated 4thof September stated that there was no bilateral dialogue. After that, the BSF and the Pak rangers have already met. So, I think that letter has contradicted itself that there is no dialogue.There has been a dialogue. As far as the second letter is concerned, I believe this is based on some kind of a submission made by Mr. Salahuddin who, as you know very well, is a person that we consider to be a global terrorist.So, at the appropriate time, we will respond to this.

Question: Sir, the 2nd letter is dated 1st exactly.

Official spokesperson:It is dated 9th of September.

Question: So, there has been no letter today per se or fresh letter going on to the United Nations?

Official spokesperson:It is not to my knowledge.

Question: There is a lot of conversation that Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will bring up this issue when he addressed the United Nations.

Official spokesperson: The first question is, has any action been taken by the UN on these letters.If there is action taken by the UN, we will respond appropriately. If there is no action taken by the UN, this itself tells you that nobody has taken cognizance of that.

Question: (…inaudible…)

Official spokesperson: It is not to my knowledge.

Question: (…inaudible…)

Official spokesperson: That you have to ask the Pakistani side what action they want to be taken.

Question (Rohit Vyas, TV Asia): Typically, American CEOs have very short patience span.In fact, after Prime Minister Modi got elected, in less than a year they did lose patience. But today, a number of them in my interview seemed to be over-optimistic once again over India. So, my question to both of you is, what has the Prime Minister conveyed to them, got them into this new gung-ho, spurred them again because it is very hard to do that to American CEOs. What did he say different to alter their thinking about India?

Official Spokesperson: You see we also circulated a one page fact sheet. In fact, we tried to get you a copy of that fact sheet which in one page summarizes the bold steps the Government has taken for deregulation, for reforms, for predictability, for consistency and the tax administration etc.So, that note is not based on conjectures. That note is based on hard facts, what the Government has actually done, what it has done for ease of doing business where we all expect that when the next report comes, India should have jumped several places up and in a host of other areas, whether it is opening up many sectors for FDI, whether it is making efforts for introducing a bankruptcy code and things like that. So, in a host of areas whether it is taxation, whether it is legal system, whether it is bureaucracy, change is afoot and change is visible.That is why the CEOs were in such an upbeat mood. You have a look at that but I will get the Ambassador also to supplement what I have said.

Indian Ambassador to the US: In fact, I thought that many of the comments said that a lot had been done over the past year and that what had been done was inaccurately assessed and reported. Therefore, when they looked at the steps the Government had taken, clearly there was a sense that a lot has been achieved and that is a trend and direction in which the Government has been headed. I can also tell you that in my own conversation that I have had over the past month with the CEOs is the clear sense that they are very positively engaged with India. FDI in India has gone up in the past year when the global trend in FDI has been negative and that itself is an indication.

Question: (…inaudible..)

Indian Ambassador to the US: I think the focus was entirely on India and what is happening in India, of course in the context of global trends, because globally if you see, the rates of growth have slowed down stagnation in many parts of the world.Therefore in the context of this global trend, India certainly is in a moment to provide a unique opportunity including in terms of our own development needs and priorities.

Question (Yeshwant): The Prime Minister began the day with a meeting with the finance world trade bosses, than he has a meeting with media CEOs and then dinner with Fortune 500 companies’ CEOs. So, the day is heavy on finance and business. So, the sense that I am getting from the two of you and others is that the businesses are genuinely very happy with the way things are in India. So, what is the takeaway from this series of meetings, were there commitments in terms of yes, we will put in more money or we will expand a businesses, any tangible or other kind of fact that mood is upbeat and positive.

Indian Ambassador to the US: In fact, if you looked at the financial sector in the morning and then the media companies, you can see that each meeting had a different focus. There was a focus on the financial sector in the morning. Then the media related companies were next and in the evening it was largely companies focusing on manufacturing and infrastructure. So, it covered the different segments and most of these companies from what they described are already present in India and a with significant presence in terms of investment in terms of number of people they are employing; some had 20,000, some had 30,000 people employed in India, some, of course, had lower figures and many any have made additional investments in the past few months. So, there is clearly a sense that over the past year, they have made new investments and going ahead with the current trends they are looking at making more investments.

प्रश्‍न (राकेश): जैसा कि अभी आपने बताया कि दिन भर फाइनेन्‍स से लेकर बिजनेस तक बातें समाप्‍त हुई हैं, इसमें किसी महत्‍वपूर्ण एमओयू या किसी समझौते या ऐसे किसी पत्र पर दस्‍तखत किये गये हैं, पहली बात, और दूसरी बात यह है कि कल संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र की जो बैठक शुरू हो रही है, वह माननीय पोप के भाषण शुरू हो रही है और हमारे प्रधानमंत्री का जो कार्यक्रम दिया गया है संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र का, वह सबसे अन्‍त में है। क्‍या इसका कहीं पोप के भाषण से कोई संबंध है या एस.डी.जी. को लेकर है, कुछ ऐसा है क्‍या?

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता :पहली बात, जो आपने कहा कि कोई एमओयू वगैरह, तो एमओयू साइन होने की कोई गुंजाइश भी नहीं थी, ऐसा कोई प्‍लान ही नहीं था कि यहॉं पर एमओयू साइन करेंगे। जैसा कि एम्‍बेसडकर साहब ने अभी आपको बताया, प्रधानमंत्री कई सेक्‍टर्स के सीईओ के साथ अलग-अलग मुलाकात कर रहे थे, एक मीडिया सेक्‍टर के साथ मुलाकात हो गई, एक फाइनेन्‍शल सेक्‍टर के साथ मुलाकात हो गई और अभी-अभी मैन्‍युफैक्‍चरिंग सेक्‍टर के साथ मुलाकात हो गई। तो ओवरऑल प्‍लान यही था कि जो विभिन्‍न श्रेणियां हैं इन्‍वेस्‍टमेन्‍ट की, हर श्रेणी के सीईओ के साथ हम वार्तालाप करें, हर श्रेणी के सीईओ से हम समझें कि उनके कोई कन्‍सर्न्‍स हैं क्या और उनका हम कैसे निवारण कर सकते हैं। जहॉं तक आपका दूसरा सवाल है, मैं समझा नहीं हूँ। प्रधनमंत्री का कल ही वक्‍तव्‍य होना था और कल ही उनका वक्‍तव्‍य हो रहा है।

प्रश्‍न : (...अश्रव्य...)

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता : नहीं ऐसा कुछ नहीं है। जो निर्धारित समय था, उसी समय पर प्रधानमंत्री अपना वक्‍तव्‍य देंगे।

Question: I am sorry if I miss this part. The last session was on manufacturing and Make In India, rather close to the Prime Minister’s heart and more than 40 Fortune 500 CEOs. I am sure there were specific concerns that were raised around investing in India. Could you share with us what were the concerned raised this evening?

Official Spokesperson:I think there is a mention that there was a general sense that a lot has happened, a lot of progress has been made in terms of ease of doing business. Already a lot of investment is flowing into India and in FDI in India has gone up. In terms of how they looked around the world, they saw India as providing a very special moment at this time in terms of their interest and of course there were some suggestions made about additional steps that could be taken in terms of ease of doing business. Those are the things that the Government will assess and look at how it works for us.

Question (…inaudible…):

Official Spokesperson: I do not think it will be right to mention any specific steps because whatever they suggest, the Government has to assess whether works for us or does not work for us. But the things that work, the Government will certainly be implementing.

Question (…inaudible…): Were they aligning with the recommendations of the findings of the CEOs forum that happened in the strategic dialogue?

Official Spokesperson: Some of the people are same and a lot of people are different and I do not think they are aligning the comments with what was concerned with CEOs forum. Some is bound to overlap.

Question (…inaudible…): What was the outcome on media round table discussion?

Official Spokesperson: आपको बता तो दिया, मैनें अभी पूरा ब्‍यौरा दिया था आपको कि मीडिया राउण्‍ड टेबल पर किस तरह की चर्चा हुई, उन्‍होनें क्‍या कहा, उनके क्‍या रिक्‍वायरमेन्‍ट्स थे। प्रधानमंत्री ने उसका क्‍या जवाब दिया और क्‍या सुझाव दिये, मैं पहले ही ब्रीफ कर चुका हूँ।

Question (Namrata Rao, NDTV): I have two questions. There has been a lot of conversation about China versus India and the Prime Minister Modi versus the Chinese President Jinping. How many CEOs will the Prime Minister Modi be meeting during this entire US visit? Can you give the number because Chinese are quoting something like 650 for their President?

Indian Ambassador to the US: You said there is a lot of conversation. Where is this conversation? We are not doing this conversation. So, the Indian prime Minister is on his own visit to the United States. Please look at it in that context, purely looking at it as I am doing from the US visit perspective. I am no handling the multilateral. You should see the number of CEOs he is meeting in different sectors. In the financial sector, Vikas gave you a sense of what is the capacity they represent or in media communication the top CEOs who were represented in the evening and then you should wait and see what happens in terms of the digital technology on Saturday- the level of presence, the kind of people who are there. So, we are doing things in terms of what meets India’s interest, what is relevant for India and that is the effort that has been made. The comparison you are talking about is not in the minds of the delegation as we are working on the visit and the conversation that you are talking about is certainly not a conversation that is happening here.

Question (Namrata Rao, NDTV): I have one more follow-up question on the bilateral with President Obama. I believe it is at 11:00 a.m. Can you just talk about a little in terms of the key subjects that will be discussed in there and how long is the entire duration?

Indian Ambassador to the US: It is not been a practice to discuss the agenda before meeting has happened. As I have mentioned, it is a very substantive agenda. The stage has already been set. As a result of the strategic and commercial dialogue, the outcomes of which you have already seen in the form of a very comprehensive joint statement which covers a whole host of areas in the form of a separate joint statement on counter-terrorism and I think that itself tells you what are the range of issues that would be on the tale when both the leaders meet.

Question: At any of these meetings with the CEOs, were there any demands for time bound assurances and were any time bound assurances given?

Indian Ambassador to the US: Not a single CEO said, you made certain promise and that promise has not been delivered. Conversation, as I said, was not along those lines. It was a very constructive meeting where the idea was to have a meeting of minds to see what their expectations were and to see how much further we could go to align or meet with their expectations. That was the context in which all these meetings happened. It was not a transactional kind of a thing, you do this and we do that kind of thing. So, on the whole, it was a very-very positive interaction in all the three round tables, the one on financial sector, the one on media and the one on Make in India and as I said, the general mood was, please continue to do what you have been doing. That was the general mood; please continue to do more of what you have been doing; maybe slightly faster but no deadlines were asked from us.

प्रश्‍न (अजय कुमार): पाकिस्‍तान के अखबारों में आज कई बार यह छपा है कि अगर भारत चाहे तो भारत और पाकिस्‍तान के बीच बातचीत हो सकती है, अगर भारत पेशकश करता है तो, खासकर कश्‍मीर के मुद्दे को लेकर संयुक्‍त राष्‍ट्र में उठाने की बात की जा रही है। इस पर आपकी क्‍या प्रतिक्रिया है?

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता : मैनें जवाब कल ही दे दिया था कि वे कश्‍मीर का मुद्दा उठायेंगे तो हम जवाब देंगे। हमें राइट ऑफ रिप्‍लाई हमेशा रहता है।

प्रश्‍न (...अश्रव्‍य...)

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता :मैं उस पर भी प्रतिक्रिया दे चुका हूँ। फिलहाल वह शेडयूल पर नहीं है।

Question (Verghese Geroge, The Hindu): The CEOs said that the assessment of the Government was not rightly reported to them or something to that affect and therefore they felt happy after the interaction. Was it something to that effect?

Official spokesperson:I did not say that.

Question (Verghese Geroge, The Hindu): It was wrongly assessed and reported.

Official spokesperson: The CEOs said the steps and achievements that had been done, had been inaccurately assessed and reported.

Question: (…inaudible…) So, they felt happy and the interaction changed or they were already aware?

Official spokesperson: They were aware. Certainly, there is reinforcement. They are talking about some of the general assessment that was made.

Question: Pakistan has been saying for the two Prime Minister to meet, Indi ahas to invite.Will India invite Pakistan Prime Minister for a meeting with Prime Minister Modi?

Official spokesperson: How many times do you want me to repeat? As of now, there is no scheduled meeting between our Prime Minister and the Prime Minister of Pakistan.

Question (Abhishek, India TV): मेरा सवाल यह है कि कल मैनें आपसे पूछा था और आपने पूछा था पाकिस्‍तान जब ऐसा कुछ मुद्दा उठायेगा तो हम उसका जवाब देंगे। मेरा सवाल उससे हटकर था, आज भी मैं कह रहा हूँ। 28 तारीख को उम्‍मीद यह है कि पाकिस्‍तान के प्रधानमंत्री चीन के प्रधानमंत्री शी जिनपिंग से साइडलाइन्‍स में मिलेंगे और इस बात की खबरें वहां की मीडिया में लगातार आ रही हैं कि पाकिस्‍तान इस पूरी यूएनजीए की साइडलाइन्‍स में इस बात का दबाव बनाने की कोशिश करेगा कि कश्‍मीर के मुद्दे को इन्‍टरनेशनलाइज किया जाये और यह पेन्‍ट किया जाये कि भारत वहां पर इन्‍जस्टिस कर रहा है। तो क्‍या आप इससे कन्‍सर्न्‍ड हैं, क्‍या आपको यह खतरा लगता है कि इससे मामला इन्‍टरनेशनलाइज होने की उसकी कोशिश को और जोर मिलेगा, बल मिलेगा?

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता: हम हर प्रकार की सिचुएशन से निपटने के लिए पूरी तरह तैयार हैं। बस मैं सिर्फ इतना कहूँगा।

प्रश्‍न : हम यह समझें आपसे कि डिफेन्‍स सेक्‍टर में कुछ बात हुई है, तो क्‍या लॉकहीड मार्टीन के साथ बात हुई है?

आधिकारिक प्रवक्‍ता: डिफेन्‍स सेक्‍टर में प्रधानमंत्री शुरू से कहते आये हैं कि हमारा सबसे प्रथम उद्देश्‍य है कि डिफेन्‍स मैन्‍युफैक्‍चरिंग मेक इन इण्डिया हो। लाकहीड मार्टीन से यही बातचीत हुई है। और भी डिफेन्‍स कम्‍पनी वाले लोग थे, उनसे भी यही बातचीत हुई है भारत एक बहुत बड़ा मार्केट आपको आफर करता है। भारत में बहुत बड़ी सुविधा है, मैन्‍युफक्‍चरिंग के लिए टैलेन्‍टेड वर्कफोर्स है और हम सब तरह का इन्‍फ्रास्‍ट्रक्‍चर भी देने को तैयार हैं। तो जितनी भी बड़ी-बड़ी डिफेन्‍स कम्‍पनियां हैं वे अगर भारत में मेक इन इण्डिया करेंगे तो उससे दोनों के लिए विन-विन सिचुएशन रहेगा ।

Question: Was there any particular reason prime minister decided not to address the UNGA?

Official spokesperson: I think you missed the last press conference, because we have explained that if you looked at in the past also, whenever there has been special summit, for instance at the time of adoption of Millennium Development Goals, then the Prime Minister has chosen to address that special summit and left the UNGA address to the Foreign Minister. This is the practice which is being followed by many other countries also, including Germany and Brazil.

There being no other questions, this press conference come to a close. Thank you all.


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