Ahead of the assembly election in the state, United Kingdom declared their decision of resuming ties with Gujarat. UK Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire, in a press release, said that "it (British High Commissioner's visit to Gujarat) will allow us to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest and to explore opportunities for closer cooperation".
Days after UK's announcement, German Ambassador Michael Steiner on Saturday, Oct 13 addressed the issue on resuming their ties with Gujarat. However, the country still remained non-committal on ending 10-year-boycott on Modi, informed the ambassador.
Mr Stainer was quoted as saying, "There is nothing for us to comment. We, Germany, do not have the intention to interfere in the ongoing election campaign in Gujarat elections."
Earlier, a senior State Department official also said that US will evaluate any visa application based on merits and according to US laws.
"As you probably know, we don't get into questions of visa matters on any particular individual. That said, we of course will evaluate any visa application based on its merits and in accordance with US law. Hence, I don't have anything further on that specifically," Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike Hammer stated.
Both Mr Hammer and Mr Stainer were responding to questions on Modi in the aftermath of Britain taking a decision to end its decade long policy of no-contact with him, which it took after the communal riots in the Gujarat a decade ago.