STORY: Indian Prime minister Narendra Modi on Monday (November 13) urged the Indian community in Philippines to work together to make the 21st century the century of India.
Modi, who was addressing the Indian Diaspora during an event in Manila, said if the 21st century belonged to Asia then it was the duty of every countrymen to achieve the goal of transforming India and bringing it at par with the world.
Modi is on a three-day visit to Philippines to attend the 15th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit and the 12th East Asia summit.
The annual meeting brings together world leaders, including heads of state from the 10-national
regional bloc, as well as U.S. President Donald Trump, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The prime minister also lauded the role of country’s soldiers as the United Nations peacekeepers, saying their contribution to the peacekeeping forces was immense.
Reportedly, with current deployment of 7,000 personnel across the globe, India is the third largest contributor to UN peacekeeping force.
Dressed in traditional clothes the people of the Indian community gathered in huge numbers to hear Modi speak.
The community members said it was a proud moment to hear the prime minister speak on the occasion.
Earlier in the day, Modi held bilateral talks with U.S. President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the summit.
The ASEAN grouping includes Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the
Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.