- Published on 13 February 2014
Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad
The US on Thursday said it is looking forward to work closely with the government Indian people choose in the upcoming elections.
The statement was issued by the US Embassy in New Delhi after its ambassador to India Nancy Powell met Chief Minister and BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. She also met leader of opposition in the state Assembly Shankersinh Vaghela.
The two had over an hour long meeting at the CM’s residence during which several issues inclduing trade and investment were discussed. Powell’s discussions focused on Indo-US relations, regional security issues, human rights and American trade and investment in India, the statement said.
This was the first visit of any US ambassador in the last nine years after a visa ban on Modi since 2005. US has banned visa to Modi after the Gujarat riots. Though the media in India has been excitedly reporting about the meeting the US said that meeting was part of US mission to outreach to senior and political leaders. State department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said. "There have been no changes in our policy. These decisions don't always rise up to every highest level. But all individuals who needed to weigh in weighed in."
The statement further said “The United States and India are moving forward with a strategic partnership that is broad and deep. Starting last November, ambassador Powell has shared and listened to views on the US-India relationship. She continues to emphasize that the US-India partnership is important and strategic, and that the United States looks forward to working closely with the government that the Indian people choose in the upcoming elections," it added.
Powell, who arrived in Ahmedabad on a three-day visit on Wednesday is likely to visit Sabarmati Ashram , Sardar Patel memorial, heritage monuments like Sidi Saiyedni Mosque, and the stepwell of Adalaj. She will also attend a seminar in Pandit Deen Dayal Petroleum University and a SEWA event.
About the meeting Vaghela said that he had discussions about the development of Gujarat and issues relating to human rights and security. “The visa ban issue was not discussed”, he clarified.
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