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Modi offers assistance on polio eradication

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday proposed SAARC-specific benefits like polio eradication and dedicated regional satellite to Myanmar, an observer in the eight-member South Asian grouping.

Addressing the Indian diaspora at the end of his three-day visit here during which he attended ASEAN and East Asia Summits apart from holding bilateral talks with several leaders, Mr. Modi said India’s stature has gone up globally in the last few months and the whole world was now seeing it through a changed eye.

Dressed in his trademark kurta pyjama with a local headgear gifted to him by the Indian community members, the Prime Minister also referred to his pet ‘Make in India’ initiative and said, “We want everyone to come and look at the opportunities India has to offer.”

In his brief address, Mr. Modi spoke about India’s initiative to launch an exclusive satellite for the SAARC countries and said Myanmar will also benefit from it in sectors like health, telemedicine and education.

Noting that India has always strived to help countries of the region, he said, discussions will be held on ways to eradicate polio from the region in the forthcoming SAARC Summit in Kathmandu. He said the initiative will help Myanmar also.

Referring to India’s ties with Myanmar, the Prime Minister said the two countries are “linked” historically as both had struggled for independence together.

Mr. Modi also held his first meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, who said that China is looking forward to the Indian leader’s maiden visit to Beijing.

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