Published: Sun, September 24, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sushma Swaraj Addresses UN General Assembly: Top 5 Quotes From Her Speech

Sushma Swaraj Addresses UN General Assembly: Top 5 Quotes From Her Speech

Swaraj asserted that India condemns terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.

"Her (Swaraj's) measured responses in spite of provocations speak volumes of her maturity and tenacity". At the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation meeting, where Pakistan was present, Sushma "again touched on the issue of terrorism and she mentioned it is a threat to the world", Kumar said.

Addressing the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly, Swaraj said that while India is engaged in fighting poverty, Pakistan "seems only engaged in fighting us".

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"While India made scholars, scientists, doctors, Pakistan created jihadis" she added.

As she spoke in Hindi, with simultaneous translations in five languages, from the dark stone podium embossed with the United Nations logo, she received applause when she talked of fighting terrorism.

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She said that demonetisation was a courageous decision of her government since it challenged black money, one of the by-products of corruption.

The Indian foreign minister claimed that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had talked about dialogoue with Pakistan but the process was derailed and Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi should be held answerable. "We are fighting poverty". The Afghan Foreign Minister had also requested that India should speed up the construction of the Chhabahar port in Iran so that Afghanistan can finally have an outlet and be connected to the rest of the world. "There can be no justification for any acts of terrorism", Swaraj said, while speaking at the ad hoc Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Meeting of Foreign Ministers in NY.

She also praised PM Modi and referred to his schemes for poverty alleviation, empowerment of the girl-child and his efforts towards skill-development while at the same time hailing demonetisation as a fearless step against corruption. Evil is evil. Let us accept that terrorism is an existentialist danger to humankind.

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She said, the number of threats and incidents that endanger South Asia's peace and stability are on the rise. "Its current state can be gauged from the fact that Hafiz Mohammed Saeed, a leader of the United Nations designated terrorist organization Lashkar-e-Taiba, is now sought to be legitimized as a leader of a political party", India has said. "PM Modi is turning job seekers into job providers". Swaraj also invited Danish participation for investment in India.

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