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Sushma for ‘mutually rewarding’ ties with NRIs

Describing Indian diaspora as “successful, prosperous and politically influential”, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday called for a “mutually rewarding” partnership with it in developing the country.

“We welcome each of you--entrepreneurs, investors and professionals from the diaspora to participate in our endeavour to develop our motherland and restore its past glory. I promise it will be mutually rewarding and satisfying partnership,” she told a gathering of expatriates at the 13th Pravasi Bhartiya Divas.

Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who formally inaugurated the government’s annual outreach event for overseas Indians on Thursday, had taken a lead in engaging deeply with them. “A successful, prosperous and politically influential diaspora is as much an asset to India as a strong and self-reliant India would be a source of inspiration for the diaspora,” she added.

The minister said overseas Indians had grown as a confident community of over 25 million people in the past couple of decades.
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