Posted on December 19, 2019, 1:55 PM IST
The United States clearly does not wish to meddle with the current political scenario of India. Honouring the Indian democracy, US Secretary of State mentioned that the two countries share a robust debate about issues like citizenship and religious freedom.
“We care deeply and always will about protecting minorities and religious rights everywhere. We honour Indian democracy as they have a robust debate on the issue that you raised,” US Seceretary of State Mike Pompeo told reporters at a news conference during the conclusion of the 2+2 ministerial talks.
Pompeo along with the Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday hosted their Indian counterparts External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh for official socio-political talks.
The top American diplomat was responding to a question on the protests by a section of society in India after the passage of the Citizenship Amendment Act, believing that this is religiously discriminatory while under implementation.
“Mr Secretary, your State Department has been a very vocal advocate of religious rights around the world. Do you think it appropriate for democracy to use faith as determining criteria for citizenship,” he was asked.
“The question that you asked relating to India, if you had followed the debate on that particular legislation carefully, you would see that it is a measure which is designed to address the needs of persecuted religious minorities from certain countries,” Jaishankar said in his response to the question.
“If you look at what those countries are and therefore what their minorities are, perhaps you understand why certain religions were identified in terms of characterising those who had come across,” Jaishankar said.
Pompeo mentioned the United States has been unswerving in the way that it has responded to these issues, not only in India but all across the world.
In the past too, the Secretary of States had highlighted issues of human rights and religious freedom with their Indian counterparts in their bilateral meetings.