Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar on Wednesday strongly refuted the United States for its criticism of “human rights abuses” in India, saying even New Delhi has concerns about human rights in the United States. “Look, people have the right to comment on us. But we also have an equal right to have opinions about their views and interests, and the lobbyists and vote banks that drive that. So whenever there is a discussion, I can tell you that we will not be reticent to talk,” he said.
Jaishankar’s response comes a day after he defended importing Russian oil from India and insisted the United States closely watch its Western allies before suggesting New Delhi import energy resources from Moscow.
Speaking at a joint press conference after the 2+2 dialogue, Jaishankar said that even “we also have our opinion on the human rights situation of other people, including the United States.” “So we take up human rights issues when they come up in this country, especially when they pertain to our community. And, in fact, yesterday we had a case where we are really standing still,” he added.
The EAM was referring to an assault incident – which occurred in less than 10 days – in which two Sikh men were attacked and robbed in a New York neighborhood.
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Jaishankar’s retort on the human rights issue came after US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told a joint news conference on Monday that the US and prison officials.
Responding to a question at the press meeting, Jaishankar said that while the issue of human rights was not discussed during the current meeting, it did come up in the past.
“It is an issue that has come up in the past. It came about when Secretary Blinken came to India. I think if you remember the press conferences afterward, I was very open about the fact that we had discussed it and said what I had to say,” he said.
Reply on CAATSA
In another strong rebuttal to the US that has threatened India in the past with sanctions for buying Russia’s S-400 missile defense system, Jaishankar said the CAATSA (Act Against America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions Act) is a US law and is for US administration. to decide on it.
“It is their legislation and whatever needs to be done should be done by them,” the EAM said at the press meeting, indicating that New Delhi doesn’t really care about sanctions.
CAATSA is a US federal law that allowed the United States to impose sanctions on Iran, North Korea, and Russia. The bill passed the Senate on July 27, 2017, and was later signed into law on August 2, 2017 by then-President Donald Trump.
New Delhi purchased five S-400 missile systems from Russia at a cost of $5.5 billion as part of the deal that was sealed in October 2018.
(With contributions from the PTI)
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