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U.S. comment evaluating Modi with Saudi PM was pointless, says India

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President Joe Biden, proper, shakes fingers with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. File.
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Criticising the U.S. State Department’s comparability of immunity given to Prime Minister Narendra Modi since 2014 with the authorized immunity now given to Saudi Crown Prince and Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman, the federal government on Thursday stated the U.S. feedback weren’t “relevant, necessary or contextual”.

The Ministry of External Affairs additionally took goal on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) for issuing a “Country Update” that accused the federal government of “engaging in or tolerating systematic, ongoing, and egregious religious freedom violations”.

Speaking a few report that stated Mr. Modi had hoped to journey to the U.S. for a State Visit in December this 12 months, the MEA spokesperson stated the federal government had made no such proposal. He additionally stated that Mr. Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden had met on a “number of occasions” in the course of the latest G-20 summit in Bali, together with a “brief bilateral meeting” and a trilateral assembly with Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“We have seen the biased and inaccurate observations about India by the USCIRF. Their tendency to consistently misrepresent facts shows a lack of understanding of India, its constitutional framework, plurality and robust democratic system,” stated MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi, when requested in regards to the replace issued by the Congressional physique that had already issued an annual report and different paperwork expressing concern over human rights and spiritual freedom in India earlier this 12 months.

The “Country Update”, launched on November 22, had included latest incidents and authorities actions that it known as a “crackdown on civil society and dissent”, pointing to the imprisonment and harassment of “journalists, lawyers, rights activists, academics, political leaders, religious minorities, and others critical of its policies”. It additionally stated that the federal government’s actions have “eroded the secular principles of the Indian Constitution and India’s pluralistic democracy by promoting and implementing its Hindutva ideology through government policy”, and beneficial that the U.S. State division, which periodically releases a listing of nations being watched for non secular freedom points, to designate India as a Country of Particular Concern (CPC).

The MEA spokesperson stated the federal government had not protested in regards to the USCIRF report with the U.S. Embassy or authorities, because the USCIRF is a U.S. Congressional physique, not a authorities one. In 2005, Mr. Modi, the then Gujarat Chief Minister had been placed on a U.S. visa ban below the 1998 U.S. International Religious Freedom Act (IRFA), after a advice from the USCIRF that had criticised his function within the 2002 Gujarat riots.

Mr. Bagchi additionally expressed shock at a latest remark by U.S. State Department spokesperson Vedant Patel on November 18 on the problem of the U.S. visa ban. Mr. Patel had stated, in response to a lot of questions from the U.S. press corps over the Biden administration’s resolution to present Saudi Prince Mohammed immunity within the Jamal Khashoggi homicide case, given his new function as head of the Saudi authorities, that the U.S. has given similiar immunity to Mr. Modi and a lot of different leaders like former Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, former Congolese President Laurent Kabila and former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. “I fail to understand how [the State Department’s] comment on PM Modi was either necessary, relevant or contextual. Our two countries enjoy a very special relationship that is going from strength to strength, and we look forward to deepening it,” he stated.

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