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US to return over 100 antiquities of India that were stolen from us: PM Modi expresses gratitude to US govt

"I express my gratitude to the American government for this," PM Modi said.

Written By: Ajeet Kumar @Ajeet1994 Washington Updated on: June 24, 2023 7:34 IST
PM Modi while addressing the Indian diaspora in Washington.
Image Source : ANI PM Modi while addressing the Indian diaspora in Washington.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while addressing a cheerful crowd in Washington on Friday, asserted that the American government will return more than 100 antiquities of India that were earlier stolen from the largest democratic nation. Claiming that a new and proud journey of India-US ties has begun and the world is watching the two great democracies strengthening their bond, he expressed his gratitude to the Biden administration for returning the pride of India. 

"I am happy that the American government has decided to return more than 100 antiquities of India that were stolen from us. These antiquities had reached the international markets. I express my gratitude to the American government for this," PM Modi said. 

India-US partnership is not of convenience but one of conviction: Modi

Modi has said the governments of India and the US have done the groundwork for the business community of the two countries and it is now the responsibility of the corporate sector to take advantage of this and proposer.

Addressing business leaders and philanthropists from India and the US as well as other prominent members of the Indian-American community at the Kennedy Centre on Friday, he stressed that the India-US partnership is not of convenience but one of conviction, shared commitments and compassion.

Modi said that in the last three days of his State Visit to the US, several historic steps have been taken to further strengthen bilateral ties. From defence to aviation, applied materials to manufacturing, and the IT and space sectors, India and the US are now moving forward as most reliable partners, Prime Minister Modi said at the event organised by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum.

He urged the business community to step forward and take full advantage of this opportunity. Every development project of India has the capacity to further strengthen the American dream, Modi said, citing that India was investing a record USD 125 billion in infrastructure development. In India's growth story, there are unlimited opportunities for America and for the country's corporate community, he said.

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