New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday addressed the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly and said some countries with regressive thinking are using terrorism as a political tool. He added that they need to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them. However, he said it has to be ensured that Afghanistan isn’t used to spread terrorism or launch terror attacks.Also Read - 16 Houses Gutted, Over 150 People Rendered Homeless in Fire in Himachal’s Malana Village

Earlier in the day, he flew to New York from Washington after holding his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in the Oval Office of the White House and attended his first in-person Quad summit on Friday. Also Read - Flying to US? Fresh Guidelines Issued For International Travel | Read New Rules

Notably, the theme for this year’s General Debate is Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’. Also Read - Breaking News Highlights: PM Modi An Incarnation of Almighty, Says UP Minister Upendra Tiwari

As per the second provisional list of speakers for the General Assembly, about 109 heads of state and government will address the General Debate in person and nearly 60 will deliver speeches through pre-recorded video statements.

Here are the Live Updates:

7: 42 PM: It has been a comprehensive and useful visit which allowed for high-level interactions: Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla on PM Modi’s US visit

7:30 PM: On the ocassion of 75 years of independence, India is going to launch 75 satellites into space made by Indian students: PM Narendra Modi at United Nations General Assembly

7: 12 PM: We have also started work on making India the world’s largest green hydrogen hub. We are answerable to our future generations. Today, the world is facing an increased threat of regressive thinking and extremism: PM Narendra Modi at the 76th UN General Assembly Session

7: 10 PM: Our oceans are also the lifeline of international trade. We must protect them from the race for expansion. The international community must speak in one voice to strengthen a rule-based world order: PM Modi at UNGA

7: 03 PM: We also need to ensure that no country tries to take advantage of delicate situation in Afghanistan & use it for its own selfish interests. At this time, people of Afghanistan, women & children, minorities need help. We must fulfill our duties by providing them with help: PM Modi

6:58 PM: PM Modi says at UNGA that the countries with regressive thinking that are using terrorism as a political tool need to understand that terrorism is an equally big threat for them. It has to be ensured that Afghanistan isn’t used to spread terrorism or launch terror attacks.

6:57 PM: It is absolutely essential to ensure that Afghanistan’s territory is not used to spread terrorism and for terrorist activities: PM Modi at UNGA

6: 55 PM: It is with the principle (of ‘antyodaya’ — where no one is left behind) in mind that India today is moving forward on path of integrated equitable development. Our priority is that development should be all inclusive, all pervasive, universal and one that nurtures all: PM Modi

6:54 PM: Yes, democracy can deliver. Yes, democracy has delivered. Today is birth anniversary of Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the proponent of ‘Ekatma Manav Darshan’, meaning integral humanism or the development journey taken together, the expansion from self to universe: PM Modi at UNGA

6: 53 PM: Today, I extend an invitation to all vaccine manufacturers from across the world to make vaccines in India: PM Modi at United Nations General Assembly

6:50 PM: The Corona pandemic has taught the world that the global economy be further diversified. That is why the expansion of global value chains is very important. Our ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyaan’ is inspired by this sentiment: PM Narendra Modi at United Nations General Assembly

6:47 PM: I would like to inform the UNGA that India has developed the world’s first DNA vaccine. This can be administered to anyone above the age of 12. An mRNA vaccine is in the final stages of development. Indian scientists are also developing a nasal vaccine against COVID19: PM Modi

6:45 PM: Development should be all-inclusive, universal and one that nurtures all: PM Modi at United Nations General Assembly

6:40 PM: On 15 August this year, India entered the 75th year of independence. Our diversity is the identity of our strong democracy: PM Modi at UNGA

6:35PM: In the last 1.5 years, the entire world has been facing the worst pandemic in 100 years, I pay tribute to all those who have lost their lives in this deadly pandemic and I express my condolences to their families: PM Narendra Modi addresses 76th Session of UNGA

6: 28 PM: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. He will address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly shortly.

6:12 PM: Members of the Indian diaspora gather outside the hotel in New York from where PM Narendra Modi will depart for the United Nations. The PM will address the United Nations General Assembly today.

6:03 PM: Notably, PM Modi is the first world leader scheduled to address the 76th UNGA session at the UN General Debate today.

5:30 PM: Soon after his arrival in New York, PM Modi greeted people as many supporters lined up to meet him. Many supporters cheered on as PM Modi walked past them and chanted ‘Vande Mataram’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’.

5:12 PM: PM Modi had also said his visit to the United States would be an occasion to strengthen the Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia.

5:02 PM: Ahead of his visit to the US, PM Modi had said he will conclude his visit with an address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues.

It must be noted that PM Modi had last addressed the UN General Assembly session in 2019. Last year, world leaders had submitted pre-recorded video statements for the United Nations General Assembly session in September, as heads of state and government could not physically attend the annual gathering due to the coronavirus pandemic.