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The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Chief Guest US President, Mr. Barack Obama, the First Lady Michelle Obama and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi returning after witnessing the 66th Republic Day Parade 2015, in New Delhi on January 26, 2015.(PIB Photo)

‘The World Will Be Better If We Stand Together,’ Says Obama

US President Barack Obama on Tuesday said that India can be America’s best partner, emphasizing that “the world will be better if we stand together.”

Addressing people at Delhi’s Siri Fort Auditorium, Obama began his speech with Namaste. Talking on India and America, the US President said relationship between India and US can be one the defining partnership of the century.

Meanwhile, expressing his happiness on joining the Republic Day function, he said, “Great honour to be the first US president to join you for Republic Day.”

Obama said that America wants to be India’s partner to lift up the lives of people. He said, “India and US not just natural partners, I believe we can be best partners. The world would be a lot safer when our two democracies stand together.”

He has also emphasised that a world without nuclear weapons is his goal. He said, “We must never stop working for the world as it should be – a world without nuclear weapons, that’s our goal.” He said that the peace we seek in the world exists in the human heart.

Meanwhile, during his speech, Obama has also appreciated India’s effort for generating more clean energy. He said that diversity is the strength of US and India. He said, “we have to guard against the lines trying to divide us, sectarian or any other lines.”

Mentioning India’s achievement on Mars Orbiter Mission, Obama said, “We are one of the few nations who have gone both to the moon and Mars.”

During the event, Obama met India’s Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi and the three children, Deepak (8), Ayud (12) and Payal (14), who were rescued from child labour by Sathyarthi.

Obama has also asked the people to dream big during his speech, saying, “Everybody should have a chance. Everybody should dream big and reach those dreams. We live in a world of terrible inequalities, but there are countries where even a tea-seller can be the Prime Minister.”

About 2,000 people with mostly youth were present at the venue today. The event was Obama’s last schedule in his three-day visit.

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