India called the statement unnecessary
India has expressed deep objection to the statement of the US Foreign Ministry and Indian Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said that, “India and America have very good relations, but it is beyond comprehension, how the US statement at that time relevant and necessary.” The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said, “Both countries are growing in strength and look forward to further strengthening the Indo-US relationship.” Along with this, India has also targeted the ‘Country Update’ of the ‘US Commission on International Religious Freedom’ (USCIRF) of America, in which the Government of India has been accused of “engaging in or tolerating serious religious freedom violations”. has been applied.
What did America say?
In fact, the US considers Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as an accused in the famous journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder and was allowed to prosecute the Saudi Crown Prince in the US. But, recently, Prince Salman has been made the new Prime Minister of Saudi Arabia, after which Prince Salman was legally exempted from prosecution in America. This was done under US immunity law. On the same question, Vedant Patel, Principal Deputy Spokesperson of the US State Department, said, “This is not the first time, that the United States has done this. We have implemented this on many heads of state before.” He added, “We have also extended this legal protection to President Aristide of Haiti in 1993, President Mugabe in Zimbabwe in 2001, Prime Minister Modi in India in 2014, and President Kabila in the DRC in 2018.”
PM Modi was banned
Let us tell you that America had banned Narendra Modi’s visit to America when he was the Prime Minister of Gujarat regarding religious freedom. But, when Narendra Modi became the Prime Minister of India in the year 2014, the US lifted the sanctions against him and he was ‘provided diplomatic immunity’. America says that it provides this facility to the heads of state of different countries as well as foreign ministers. And the Saudi Crown Prince is accused of having killed senior Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Embassy in Turkey, and the US has held the Crown Prince responsible for it in its investigation. The Biden administration has also made public intelligence documents directly implicating Prince Salman.
What did India say on USCIRF?
The Indian Ministry of External Affairs has termed the USCIRF report as baseless. Indian Foreign Ministry spokesperson said, ‘We have seen the unilateral, wrong and biased attitude of USCIRF towards India. It has been his habit that he continues to present misleading reports about India, which shows that his understanding of India is very less. This shows how little their understanding is about India’s constitutional structure and strong democracy. Let us tell you that, earlier this year, concern was expressed in a report of the US State Department on human rights and religious freedom in India, which was prepared by a Muslim official. India has earlier termed this report as malicious.