US ambassador Nancy Powell to meet Narendra Modi

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February 11, 2014

New Delhi: U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell plans to meet Narendra Modi, signaling a shift in America’s stand towards the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in connection with 2002 Gujarat riots.

February 11, 2014

New Delhi: U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell plans to meet Narendra Modi, signaling a shift in America’s stand towards the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate in connection with 2002 Gujarat riots.

U.S. Ambassador to India Nancy Powell will meet Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as “part of our concerted outreach to senior political and business leaders… to highlight the U.S.-India relationship”.

“We can confirm the appointment (between Mr. Modi and Ms. Powell),” a State Department spokesperson told PTI. The request to meet Mr. Modi has been made by Ms. Powell herself, but the spokesperson did not comment on the possible date of the meeting, which is expected to take place in Ahmedabad this month.

“This is part of our concerted outreach to senior political and business leaders which began in November to highlight the U.S.-India relationship,” the spokesperson said.

The go ahead, just before the announcement of general elections in a few weeks from now, seems to have been taken after intensive debate within the various wings of the Obama Administration — the White House and the State Department in particular — with crucial inputs from the members of the Congress, and the influential leaders of the corporate sector, the U.S. India Business Council in particular.

The Overseas Friends of BJP (OFBJP)-U.S. president Chandrakant Patel welcomed the decision taken by the Obama Administration in this regard.

“We highly appreciate the decision taken by U.S. President Barack Obama, and Secretary of State John Kerry. This would further help in strengthening of Indo-U.S. relationship,” Mr. Patel said.

“Modi is the most popular leader of the country right now. Given that he has been given clean chit by all the courts in India, it was not fair on the part of the U.S. to not to have relationship with Modi,” Mr. Patel said.

In 2005, the U.S. State Department had revoked a visa that Mr. Modi had for travelling to the U.S. in the wake of the 2002 riots in Gujarat.


Courtesy: PTI

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