Tamil Diplomat

“I am a firm believer in cooperative federalism”: Says Modi In Sri Lanka Parliament (Video Attached)

Vising Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his address in the Sri Lankan Parliament has expressed his believe in federalism in making the Indian States stronger.

“ I am a firm believer in cooperative federalism. I want to make the States in India stronger” he said in his historical address in the Sri Lankan Parliament short while ago.

Here are the highlights of what he said:

  • This Parliament represents one of Asia’s oldest democracies and one of its most vibrant.
  • I bring the greetings of 1.25 billion friends and millions of fans of Sri Lankan cricket.
  • India and Sri Lanka don’t have a land boundary but we are the closest neighbours in every sense.
  • The strength of links between India and Sri Lanka is seen in the journey of Mahinda to this land many centuries ago.
  • We have faced violence. We have faced brutal terrorism. We have also seen peaceful settlement. We have dealt with these in our own ways.
  • When we accommodate the aspirations of all sections of society, the nations gets the strength of each individual.
  • I am a firm believer in cooperative federalism.
  • Sri Lanka has survived decades of violence and conflict. You have defeated the terrorists.
  • The stands you have taken in recent times are bold and admirable. They are the sign of new times.
  • The path ahead is a choice that Sri Lanka has to make.
  • I can assure you that to India, the unity and sovereignty of Sri Lanka are paramount.
  • My vision of an ideal neighbourhood is one in which trade, investments, technology, ideas and people flow easily across borders.
  • India is a natural source of investment for Sri Lanka.
  • Connecting this vast region by land and sea, our two countries can together become the engines of prosperity.
  • Let us also work together to harness the vast potential of the ocean economy.
  • Last month, we signed an agreement for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
  • India’s satellite for the SAARC region should be in space soon. We hope Sri Lanka makes full use of this.
  • People are at the heart of our relationship.
  • Together, we will develop our Buddhist and Ramayana trails.
  • Our shared responsibility in the maritime neighbourhood is clear.
  • India and Sri Lanka are too close to each other to be insulated from each other.
  • Our recent histories have shown that we suffer together and we are more effective when we work with each other.
  • Our cooperation is critical in combating terrorism and extremism.
  • We both have internal threats.
  • The need for us to cooperate on security has never been stronger than it is today.
  • We should expand maritime security cooperation between India, Sri Lanka, Maldives and all other partners in the region.
  • The future of the world is going to be shaped by the currents of the Indian Ocean.
  • Sri Lanka and India are at a great moment of opportunity.
  • We were honoured that President Sirisena chose India as his first destination last month. I am honoured to be his first guest here

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