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Modi calls for bilateral talks with Pakistan at U.N. Assembly

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 00:34

In his first speech to the U.N. General Assembly, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi calls for talks with Pakistan. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he wants to hold bilateral talks with neighboring Pakistan. He made the statement from the podium of the United Nations General Assembly, just a day after expressing frustration that talks over Kashmir have come to a standstill. (SOUNDBITE) (English) INDIAN PRIME MINISTER NARENDRA MODI SAYING: "India desires a peaceful and stable environment for its development. A nation's destiny is linked to its neighborhood. That is why my Government has placed the highest priority on advancing friendship and cooperation with her neighbors. This includes Pakistan." Modi went on to say that India would be willing to discuss Kashmir with Pakistan, so long as those talks are in quote "an atmosphere of peace, without a shadow of terrorism." India announced last month that it was withdrawing from peace talks over the disputed Himalayan region. He's India's first Hindu-nationalist prime minister in the last decade who embraces a line of politics that claims India's culture essentially Hindu.

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Modi calls for bilateral talks with Pakistan at U.N. Assembly

Saturday, September 27, 2014 - 00:34