Published: Thu, September 19, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

EAM S Jaishankar Rules Out Any Talks With Pakistan

EAM S Jaishankar Rules Out Any Talks With Pakistan

Besides, celebrities like producer Bhushan Kumar, filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar, Paresh Rawal, Randeep Hooda, and Sunil Grover also extended warm wishes to Prime Minister Modi.

Senator Ted Cruz and a former Republican Presidential aspirant said he was looking forward to welcoming Modi to Houston to celebrate the culture and contributions of the Indian-American community and the vibrant US-Indian alliance, which is critical to America's national security and energy future.

To a question, the minister described as a "matter of great honour" Trump accepting to attend the diaspora event on the invitation of the Indian-American community.

Pakistan issued a statement hitting back at the minister saying such remarks "have the potential to further escalate tensions and seriously jeopardise peace in the region".

"I'll see Prime Minister Modi and I will - we'll - be meeting with (prime ministers of) India and Pakistan", said Mr Trump, adding: "And I think a lot of progress is being made there, a lot of progress".

Shah juxtaposed his grim assessment of the pre-2014 coalition government, a manifestation of the multiparty system in the country, with the vision of a "Great India" under Modi post-2014 to indirectly stress the greatness of one-party rule.

Jaishankar also argued that the two nations' differences on trade reflected signs of a "substantive relationship".

"We regret the decision of the Government of Pakistan to deny overflight clearance for the VVIP special flight for a second time in two weeks, which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country", said Kumar. India's exports to the USA in 2017-18 stood at $47.9 billion, while imports were at $26.7 billion. "The opposition did not let me give a speech [in the NA] from day one only to blackmail me so that I come under pressure".

After Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad claimed that India had not asked for controversial Islamic preacher Zakir Naik to be deported, Jaishankar said that India had put in an extradition request for him since January 2018. India's position clear since 1972.

The two leaders are again scheduled to meet later in the week in NY on the sidelines of the UNGA session.

It is a rare honour for a US President to appear at an ethnic meeting with a foreign leader and has not happened on the scale of the Houston rally in recent memory. "I want to reassure all of you people India-US relationship is in very good health", he said. This is what India has been telling the world.

This will be followed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech.

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