Never Encouraged Diplomatic Isolation of Modi: Khurshid
The Centre never encouraged "diplomatic isolation" of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi after the 2002 riots and it did not have any reservation against any country forging diplomatic ties with the state, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said today.

"We did not encourage any diplomatic isolation. We did not encourage sovereign countries to take a particular position on Mr Modi. They did take that position and we know that position. If they take another position, we will know that as well," Khurshid said here.

He was reacting to Russian Ambassador Alexander Kadakin's remarks welcoming Modi's victory in the state elections.

He, however, was also quick to mention that a section in the US does not want to have friendship with the Gujarat government.

The Centre should not be criticised if certain countries do not want diplomatic ties with Gujarat and, at the same time, question should not be asked if a country forges ties with it, he said, adding, "We may disagree with some of his policies and indeed some of the attitudes that he exhibits".

In October, Britain ended a 10-year boycott of Modi imposed after the 2002 riots and decided to resume engagement with Gujarat.

"He has an elected office....To have political difference with him and to join the campaign against him on issues that we believe are of far-reaching nature is completely different from his being the Chief Minister of the state and I hope that he makes the same distinction himself," he said.

Noting that the Centre welcomes "good relationship" with all wings of government, Khurshid said still a section in the US does not want to have friendship with the Gujarat government.

"Still a section of American people think there should not be friendship with the Gujarat Government. If there is different thinking in Russia and the UK, then we do not have any problem. We take note when they did not want ties and we will take note when they make relationship," he said.

Earlier this month, in a public appeal to the Obama administration, a group of powerful US lawmakers asked it not to change the "good policy" of denying visa to Modi under any circumstances in view of serious allegations of "crime against humanity" against him.
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2/D-83
Dec 21, 2012
09:56 PM

Modi after 2002 riots is 'diplomatically isolated' but Rajiv Gandhi, who directed riots against Sikhs in 1984 which caused 3000 and more murders of Sikhs in Delhi alone and whose role in Bhopal gas tragedy to close case against American MNC union carbide inspite of thousands of death and lakhs of people's health destroyed got feted in US and other countries which they globe trotted while indulging in arms deal scams like Bofors.

The West loves the corrupt and co-religionst who do their bidding.

bharat, delhi
1/D-82
Dec 21, 2012
09:48 PM

 He, however, was also quick to mention that a section in the US does not want to have friendship with the Gujarat government. >>> We know - Evangelical congressmen trying to help Catholic Italian born Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul gandhi to remain in power.

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