Immunity to Saudi ruler: India upset over ‘unnecessary’ reference to PM Modi by US official: The Tribune India

Immunity to Saudi ruler: India upset over ‘unnecessary’ reference to PM Modi by US official: The Tribune India

Immunity to Saudi ruler: India upset over ‘unnecessary’ reference to PM Modi by US official: The Tribune India

PTI

New Delhi, November 24

India is outraged by a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi by a US State Department official while defending the immunity it had granted to Saudi Arabian ruler Mohammad bin Sultan, who faces charges of killing journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Frankly, I don’t understand how the comment of Prime Minister Modi was either relevant, necessary or contextual,” State Department spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said in response to questions about a US official referring to Modi while explaining the reasons for granting immunity to the saudi arabs. Ruler.

“Our two countries enjoy a very special relationship that is growing from strength to strength and we look forward to working with the US to deepen it further,” he said, referring to the bilateral ties between India and the US.

When asked about granting immunity to the Saudi crown prince over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Vedant Patel, deputy head of the US State Department, said in a briefing last Friday that this is not the first time the US has done this and that it has been used . to a number of heads of state in the past, including Prime Minister Modi, according to reports.

Bagchi also said that reports about the Prime Minister’s visit to the US in December were wrong.

“No proposal for a visit by the Prime Minister to the United States in December has been made from our side. Media reports in this regard are wrong, Bagchi said.

He also dismissed social media posts about “false comments” attributed to External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and White House spokesperson regarding the brief bilateral meeting between Modi and US President Joe Biden on the sidelines of the recent G-20 summit in Bali.

“We have seen some incorrect posts on social media attributing false statements to the Foreign Minister, who has not commented on this to the press or social media. It also attributes false statements to the White House press secretary. So I would request you all not to believe such incorrect information,” Bagchi said.

He said the prime minister met with Biden on a number of occasions during the Bali summit, including a brief bilateral meeting and a trilateral meeting involving Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“During these interactions, they exchanged views on a range of issues. Our press releases and tweets as well as the Secretary of State’s briefing in Bali encapsulate all of these conversations.

“The US side has also released its readout of the trilateral meeting and also separately indicated that a brief bilateral meeting took place between the two leaders,” Bagchi said.

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