Sushma Swaraj during UN General Assembly
Foreign Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj giving speech at the

Prime Minister Narendra Modi recently concluded his 5-day-tour of Ireland/USA and returned home. According to a NDTV report, PM Narendra Modi called up Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and congratulated her on her "excellent speech" at the United Nations General Assembly in New York last evening.

The Prime Minister also took to Twitter to express his profound happiness in a series of tweets.

According to media reports, the Foreign Minister also rebuked Pakistan's claims on the Kashmir conflict. In a response to Nawaz Sharif's speech at the UN a day earlier, Swaraj said: "Pakistan must give up on terrorism before peace-talks can take place."

Here are some of the key pointers of the External Affairs Minister's UNGA speech as reported by NDTV.

  1. This year United Nations is completing 70 years, and I expect the decisions taken this year will also be historic.
  2. Grateful to the United Nations for declaring Mahatma Gandhi birthday as the 'International day of Peace'.
  3. The 70th year is the year when the institution must see if we have been able to fulfill the responsibilities for which it was set up.
  4. To get rid poverty, promote democracy and peace, UN has succeeded, but can we ignore what's going on in nations across the world? The collective answer is No.
  5. India has contributed to UN a lot. India thinks utmost of UN's mission and peacekeeping.
  6. But it is sad that nations who provide peacekeepers are not decision makers.
  7. On this day, I want commemorate all those who laid down their lives in peacekeeping operations across the world.
  8. India has been proving its mettle, contributing forces in peacekeeping ops for over 25 years.
  9. India has been facing terrorism for 25 yrs. New York has faced terrorism as well.
  10. The future of the international community is now dependent on how we respond to the greatest threat that we face today: Terrorism
  11. In 2008 Mumbai blasts not only citizens but tourists were also killed. The perpetrators of this heinous act are roaming free.
  12. We have nabbed 2 terrorists alive and we know who's responsible for this.
  13. Talks and terrorism cannot go hand in hand.
  14. Nawaz Sharif's four points not needed. Just one point- stop terrorism and begin talks.
  15. As a woman & elected MP, it is my conviction that there is a shortcut to social change -- empower the girl child.
  16. Developing countries can do way more if they have provision of tech, finance, & capacity building support from developed nations.
  17. For an organisation like the United Nations, 70 years has a unique significance. It is an occasion for revitalisation and for renewal.
  18. In India, our motto is "sabka saath, sabka vikas", the welfare of all our people.
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