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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday addressed the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York in Hindi. His address focused on a range of issues such as development, security, counter-terrorism, climate change and other bilateral and multilateral issues.

During his week-long stay in the US, Prime Minister Modi had conducted a number of bilateral meetings with top world leaders including US President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of his UN address.

Since its participation as a founding member of the UN in 1945, India has shown unwavering commitment to multilateralism to advance peace and security and promote broad-based inclusive economic growth and development in the world, the prime minister said last week in his departure statement.

Notably, the theme of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly this year is ‘Galvanising multilateral efforts for poverty eradication, quality education, climate action and inclusion’.

“There are many pressing challenges for the international community — a still fragile global economy, turbulence and tension in many parts of the world, growth and spread of terrorism, climate change and the endemic global challenge of poverty.

“They require stronger global commitment and concerted multilateral action. I will reiterate our commitment to reformed multilateralism, which is responsive, effective and inclusive, and in which India plays her due role,” Modi had said in his departure statement last week.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan also addressed the UN General Assembly on Friday. Khan raked the Kashmir issue in his address at the UNGA session. Notably, Pakistan has been trying to internationalise the Kashmir issue after India withdrew the special status of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5, but New Delhi has asserted the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”.

(With Agency inputs)