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US President Donald Trump praises India as ‘free society’ successfully lifting millions out of poverty

"There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class," Trump said.

Edited by: India TV News Desk, New Delhi [ Updated: September 25, 2018 21:32 IST ]

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Lavishing praise on India, US President Donald Trump on Tuesday said that the country is successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class.

Addressing the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly, Trump hailed India as a free society and lauded its efforts to lift millions of its citizens out of poverty.

In his second address to the General Debate of the UN General Assembly that opened on Tuesday, Trump said that over the years, history has transpired in the halls of the UN General Assembly.

"There is India, a free society (of) over a billion people, successfully lifting countless millions out of poverty and into the middle class," Trump said.

."We think of the many before us who have come here to address the challenges of their nations and of their times and our thoughts turn to the same question that ran through all their speeches, resolutions and through every word and every hope," he added in his 35-minute address.

"It is the question of what kind of world will we leave for our children and what kind of nations they will inherit," Trump said.

He said the dreams that fill the UNGA hall today are as diverse as the people who have stood at this podium and as varied as the countries represented in the United Nations. "It really is something. It really is great great history." 

Trump also cited Saudi Arabia's bold new reforms and Israel "proudly celebrating" its 70th anniversary as a thriving democracy in the Holy Land. 

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