Modi's visa application will be considered if he applies: US
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA
Washington, July 27: Amidst raging controversy in India over visa for Narendra Modi, the US has reaffirmed that if the Gujarat Chief Minister applies for a visa his application will be considered like any other case.
"If he (Modi) applies for a (US) visa, certainly that would be considered, as through the normal process," said State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki.
"As I said yesterday, if he applies, it will certainly be reviewed, just as any application would be, but we wouldn't speak about that publicly," she added.
Psaki, had made a similar statement at her daily news conference on Wednesday, noting that there has been no change in the US policy with regard to this issue.
"The US does not take a decision on visa issues under pressure. No, we evaluate them case by case, and we wouldn't speak to it publicly anyway. But of course, if he applied, it would be considered," she said in response to a question.
"The Vice President was just there, and we have a long- standing strategic and productive relationship with India," Psaki said.
The US has reservation over granting visa to Modi because of human rights violations in 2002 post-Godhra riots under his watch as the chief minister.
The State Department's remarks came as the visiting BJP president Singh was winding up his three-day hectic visit to Washington, during which he met a host of US lawmakers, think tanks and academicians.
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