‘Time for India to tap incredible possibilities’
Terming it as a perfect time to tap “incredible possibilities” between India and the US, Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said programmes like ‘Make in India’ can be a win-win situation for the entire planet.
Showering fulsome praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit here in Gandhinagar district of west-Indian state Gujarat, Kerry also said he has been very much impressed with his ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’ campaign and suggested emulating this “pretty good slogan” at the global as well as at Indo-US levels.
He also referred to Modi’s journey “from a young man who sold tea right by the rail road here in Gujarat to the PM’s residence on the Race Course Road”, while talking about changing political and economic situation in India.
“We join with you celebrating extraordinary new chapter of India that is being written today,” he said at the biennial global business summit inaugurated this morning by Modi.
On ties between the two countries, Kerry said, “The moment has never been more right to tap the incredible possibilities between India and the US.” He added that the economic partnership is already getting stronger by the day. “I was very taken during PM Modi’s campaign ‘Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas’, participation of all for development of all. That sounds like a pretty good slogan for all of us to adopt, and if we adopt it we can get the job done.”
“We will turn Modi’s ‘Make in India’ initiative a win-win opportunity for the planet as a whole,” he said. Kerry also said that President Barack Obama was “very excited” to be the first US President to be the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations later this month.
“And he will the first sitting US President to visit India twice while in office,” Kerry said. Referring to the terror attack in Paris last week, Kerry said no act of terror will ever stop “the march of freedom” and the entire world is with the people of France, not just in “anger and outrage” but in “solidarity and commitment” to the cause of confronting extremism.
Obama ‘excited’ to be at Republic Day celebrations: Kerry
President Barack Obama is "very excited" that he will be the first US President to be honoured as the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations, Secretary of State John Kerry said today.
Speaking at the 7th Vibrant Gujarat Summit, he said: "President Obama is very excited and particularly pleased with the fact that he will be the first US President to be honoured as the chief guest on Republic Day commemoration." PM Narendra Modi had invited the US President to be the chief guest at this year's Republic Day celebrations on January 26. Obama accepted the invitation in signs of expanding ties between the two nations. "And he will the first sitting US President to visit India twice while in office," Kerry said. "Let me make it clear we believe in values that both countries share." India traditionally invites a head of state to participate as chief guest at Republic Day celebrations that culminates in a military parade. Last year's chief guest was the then Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.