Saturday, April 28, 2012

No change in visa policy on Modi: US

Washington/New Delhi: The US has said there is no change in its policy to deny visa to Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi. “Our position on the visa issue hasn’t changed at all,” State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland told reporters at her daily news conference on Wednesday. Nuland was responding to questions on the letter written by Congressman Joe Walsh to secretary of state Hillary Clinton, that the US government reverse its 2005 decision not to issue US visa to Modi. The letter by Walsh was written a fortnight ago. “If we do respond, it’ll be along familiar lines,” Nuland said. The Indian American Muslim community demanded the State Department should not change its 2005 policy on Modi’s visa. Law minister Salman Khurshid said it was a matter of concern that a question mark hung over someone who was heading a leading state in the country. “I am sure that they (US) look at everything they want to look at...Not for us to comment on US policy but it is a matter of serious concern that there is this kind of serious question mark on the personality of somebody who leads a major state in our country,” Khurshid told reporters in Delhi. PTI