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India cannot be a reflection of western liberalism, says Stephen Harper
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India cannot be a reflection of western liberalism, says Stephen Harper

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New Delhi, Jan 14: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attended the inaugural session of the three-day long Raisina Dialogue 2020.

Speaking on the occasion in presence of Mr Modi, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar, former Canadian PM, Mr Harper said India will have an - "important role to play globally" but India cannot become a "reflection of western liberalism".

"Attended the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. Over the years, this has emerged as a vibrant forum for discussing important global and strategic issues. I also had the opportunity to meet leaders who are great friends of our nation," Prime Minister tweeted.

Among others Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, Hamid Karzai, former President of Afghanistan, Stephen Harper, former Prime Minister of Canada, Carl Bildt, former Prime Minister of Sweden, Anders Rasmussen, former Prime Minister of Denmark, Tshering Tobgay, former Prime Minister of Bhutan and former South Korean PM Han Seung-soo attended the inaugural session.

"It (India) is very much a country that is self defined and aspires to be a cooperative global partner....but India is not going to be a reflection of western liberalism," Mr Harper said.India is never going to be like another 'non aligned country'.

In his address on the occasion, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar said the unique conference has come a long way since it was launched five years back.

"Indian foreign policy today seeks to achieve: a focus on key challenges, a broad engagement with many parties, and managing, if not leveraging, global contradictions," he said.

Dr Jaishankar also said, "Five years ago, Prime Minister (Modi) you gave us a challenge. It was your view that as a rising power, India should not just be participating in global conversations organized by others. You felt strongly that it was important that we create our own platforms, organize discourses and shape narratives".

"Five years later, I can state with some confidence that we have delivered to a great measure on those expectations. Lest it encourage the organizers to rest on their laurels, let me also promise you that we will keep improving with each addition," he remarked. (UNI)