US ambassador to India to discuss human rights with Modi

(Washington) Democrat Eric Garcetti, who was chosen by Joe Biden to be the US ambassador to India, promised senators Tuesday that he would raise with the Modi government the issue of human rights and the issue of arms purchases from the United States. Russia.

The current mayor of Los Angeles must be confirmed as ambassador to New Delhi by the Senate, if he supports deep ties with Indian democracy against the Chinese giant, he is concerned about some decisions of the national government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Eric Garcetti assured senators on Tuesday that he would “actively” and “humbly” raise the human rights issue with the government if confirmed in the position, and that he plans to “engage directly with civil society” on the matter. Topics.

At the end of 2019, the Modi government passed a law making it easier to grant Indian citizenship to refugees from Afghanistan, Pakistan and Bangladesh, provided they are not Muslims. This reform sparked a large movement of demonstrations in the country.

During Mr. Garcetti’s hearing, Bob Menendez, chair of the Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, expressed concern about “reports of democratic backsliding and discrimination against religious minorities.” ”

The Democratic senator added, “New Delhi must respond to our concerns if it seeks to deepen our bilateral relations further.”

Russian S-400 . missiles

Along with Republican Jim Risch, he was also concerned about Vladimir Putin’s Russia’s delivery of its long-range air defense systems to India.

A 2017 law requires the US government to impose sanctions on countries that enter into major arms contracts with Russia. This is how Turkey was punished after buying the same Russian S-400 missiles.

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If the decision is not made about India, Russia’s historic client for its weapons, Eric Garcetti has assured that, as ambassador, he “would be very clear about the risks this poses to our systems” if they worked alongside the Russian military’s systems.

Un porte-parole de la diplomatie americaine an indiqué que le secrétaire d’État Antony Blinken n’a pas encore pris de decision à ce sujet, mais qu’il appelle tous les pays à « éviter d’importants a nouveaux Russia. ”

Current Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who will not be able to run again next year, is seen as one of the Democratic Party’s new national figures.

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