Union External Minister Salman Khurshid was among the a few Congress leaders who broke their silence over the high profile meeting at Gandhinagar in Gujarat on Thursday. Khurshid was seen downplaying the meeting which was believed to be US's first step extending friendly hands towards the Gujarat CM.
US had maintained a cold relation with the CM and denied him American visa ever since the 2002 riot broke in Gujarat. However, breaking the barricade, US showed its interest to meet Modi.
US had maintained a cold relation with Modi, denied him American visa since 2002
Experts believe that US might be willing to find an exit route from the slumber to a path of progress, which holds true for India too. In fact, they hold the UPA-2 and the Obama-2 governments responsible for the same.
Reacting over the meeting, Khurshid said, "Did we celebrate that he did not get visa? Are we going to be depressed that he got the visa?"
"As far as their Ambassador or any other diplomat is concerned, they are free in this country to move and get information that helps them to understand India, dynamics of Indian politics better, as we do in their country," Khurshid stated.
The External Affairs Minister also underscored it was the U.S. position on whether to change their stand or not on Modi.
It was for the first time in 13 years that a U.S. Ambassador-level officer travelled to Gandhinagar to meet Modi. The US has insisted that its policy on granting visa to Mr. Modi has not changed.
(With agency inputs)