Trump backs Modi on CAA

Team SoOLEGAL 2 Mar 2020 3:26pm

Trump backs Modi on CAA

New Delhi : US President Donald Trump backed PM Narendra Modi on Tuesday, saying that the Indian leader wanted people to have freedom of religion and steered clear of the controversy over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) referring to it as an Indian affair.

After his summit with Modi, Trump addressed a packed press conference and said issues involving the CAA are up to India, also said that the Prime Minister wants people to have religious freedom.

Donald Trump said, We did talk about religious freedom. Prime Minister Modi wants people to have religious freedom in India...If you look back India has worked hard for religious freedom.”

“I don't want to say anything on CAA. It is up to India. I hope it will take the right decision for its people", he said when asked about CAA.

Asked if he addressed the violent incidents that took place during his visit, he said he did not discuss individual attacks and "that is up to India".

Trump's press conference at the ITC Maurya hotel where he stayed overnight came as a surprise and generated a lot of excitement in the media fraternity in the midst of speculation that he could focus on controversial issues such as the CAA against the backdrop of Delhi violence over the new law that left 10 dead.

In a 45mins packed press conference, Trump said, “I'm gonna be not at all controversial...I don’t want to blow the two days plus two days of travel on one answer, one little answer...So I will be very conservative in my answers if you don't mind.”

Trump also reiterated his offer of mediation to defuse tensions between India and Pakistan, adding that Kashmir is a "big problem" and has long been "thorn in many people's sides."

He said there are two sides to each story, comments coming days ahead of plans to sign a peace deal between the US and the Taliban on 29th of February for which Pakistan was invited.

“If anything I can do to mediate, I will do”, Trump said in his talks with Modi, adding Pakistan figured in.

After India flagged its fears about terrorism from across the border, Trump said, “I have good equation with Pakistan PM Imran Khan. They are working to control cross-border terrorism.”

In multiple occasions, the president was effusive in his praise of Modi, calling him a "terrific leader" and "a nice man who is doing fantastic work."

He also spoke with Modi about the peace deal between his country and the Taliban, and said India would definitely like to see it happen.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said at a news conference that the new law on citizenship did not come up during the ModiTrump talks, adding that the two leaders spoke in a "positive way" regarding religious harmony.

He added, “The issue of CAA did not come up, but with regard to what you mentioned, the term religious freedom, there was appreciation from both sides that pluralism and diversity are a common binding factor of both the countries.”

Tagged: Trump   Modi   CAA   US President   Prime Minister  
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