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CAA depends on India. I hope you make the right decision for your people: President Trump | India News


NEW DELHI: Even when the violence over the Citizens Amendment Act shook the capital, US President Donald Trump said: “I want to leave that to India, I hope they make the right decision for the country.”

Responding to questions at a press conference on Tuesday, Trump refused to participate in a CAA discussion while concluding a two-day high-octane state visit, even when he said he had discussed the issue of religious freedom with the Prime Minister . Narendra Modi during her official conversations at Hyderabad House.

The outcome of the Modi-Trump talks contained in the joint statement unequivocally reflects Indian concerns about Pakistan’s role as a sponsor of terrorism. “Prime Minister Modi and President Trump denounced any use of terrorist powers and strongly condemned cross-border terrorism in all its forms,” ​​the statement said and asked Pakistan to ensure that no territory under its control is used to launch attacks. terrorists

The statement also asked Pakistan to bring to justice the perpetrators of such attacks, including 11/26 and Pathankot. “They called for concerted action against all terrorist groups, including Al-Qaida, IS, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Lashkar-e-Taiba, Hizb-ul Mujahideen, the Haqqani Network, TTP, D-Company and all its affiliates,” said. said.

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In his interaction with the media, when asked about incidents of violence in the national capital during his visit, Trump said he had not discussed “individual attacks” with Modi. “That depends on India. I hope you make the right decision for your people,” he added.

Answering another question, Trump, who in his initial comments made it clear that he was not going to say anything “controversial” that could overshadow the trip, said he was satisfied with what he had heard from Modi about the religious. Freedom in India

“We talk about religious freedom. I will say that the prime minister was amazing and told me that he wants people to have religious freedom. He told me that in India they have worked very hard to have a great open religious freedom, “he said.

When asked about the alleged discrimination against Muslims and the rise of hate crimes against them under Modi, the president said: “Well, we talked about that and specifically about Muslims and also Christians, I had an answer very powerful of the Prime Minister. We talked about religious freedom for a long period of time in front of many people and I had a very, very powerful response. And the prime minister said that we have 200 million Muslims in India and that recently they had 14 million and said they have been working closely with the community. ”

Trump’s lack of inclination to talk about CAA should be a relief to the government, which called the visit a great leap in relations between India and the United States to consolidate and promote a crucial strategic partnership that encompasses anti-terrorism cooperation to trade and trade.

In another complicated terrain, that of Kashmir, Trump repeated his favorite formulation that he could help or mediate and said there were “two sides to each story,” but he did so without any particular vehemence.

“We talk a lot about Pakistan. I have very good relations with Prime Minister Imran Khan. We talk about it extensively in reality. There is no doubt that it is a problem. But it is a problem they have been working on. India is a brave nation and I have said that I will do everything I can because my relations with both gentlemen (Modi and Khan) are very good. But there have been difficulties in Pakistan and we are seeing what we can do about it. Anything I can do to mediate, anything I can do to help, I will, ”Trump said.

He also emphasized the convergence between the two countries, as well as between him and Modi on terrorism. “We talk about terrorism and I think we have some very good ideas. I feel very much against terrorism. PM Modi is a very religious man as you know, he is a very calm man but in reality he is a very very strong person. Very hard actually, I have seen it in action and it has it first in its mind-terrorism, ”he said.

The wording of Trump’s comments reflected the view of the Indian side that India and the United States are moving more and more together in critical areas of national security, energy and technology with rebadged ties as a “comprehensive global strategic partnership” such as Two leaders announced earlier in statements to the media.

The president’s comments were punctuated with strong praise for Modi and implicit recognition that he found the Prime Minister’s response to the problems of religious freedom in India and terrorism from Pakistan convincing.

In his report, Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla said Trump did not specifically mention the CAA. “You would have heard President Trump in his speech yesterday in Ahmedabad referring to the religious diversity and harmony that is evident in India; the discussions really as far as possible were about these lines on this issue, ” he said. “The issue of CAA did not arise; both sides appreciated that pluralism and diversity are a common binding factor of both countries,” he added.

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