Talks on for Trump's visit, but no details yet, says MEA

Talks on for Trump's visit, but no details yet, says MEA

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New Delhi, Jan 30: The Ministry of External Affairs on Thursday said talks through diplomatic channels are on between the Indian government and the US administration on possible visit of President Donald Trump, but nothing further could be stated at this juncture.

"Normally about the visit (of President Trump), we will announce here. You are aware that we are engaged with the US side through diplomatic channels to work out the dates. I would not like to comment any further," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar told reporters here. He was asked to comment on remarks made by Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani that the US President Trump will come (to India) in February and will also visit the Sabarmati riverfront in Ahmedabad in Gujarat in February this year. Addressing an election meeting in the capital on Wednesday late evening, Mr Rupani had said: "In the entire Asia, the Sabarmati River has become the cleanest river which was ensured by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Prominent leaders like Japanese PM (Shinzo Abe) and Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu visited the riverfront.....US President Donald Trump will also come (to India) in February and visit the riverfront".

Of course, there has been no official announcement of Mr Trump's visit from either side yet. The possibility of the visit in February is not ruled out entirely. Answering questions, MEA spokesman Mr Kumar also said that the newly enacted Citizenship law is 'internal' matter of India. ".....but however, we will continue to engage with Members of European Parliament, other EU stakeholders and European Parliament," he said asserting that CAA is an 'internal matter of India and that the CAA has been adopted through due process and through democratic means".

In a crucial diplomatic victory for the Modi government, it was announced in Brussels that there will be "no voting" on the EU resolution on CAA. Government of India sources said here on Wednesday evening that: "Friends of India prevailed over the Friends of Pakistan in the European Parliament". "Strenuous efforts of outgoing British MEP, Shaffaq Mohammed to have a Resolution passed by the European Parliament against India on the penultimate day before Brexit were defeated," the source had further said. "We have noted the EU Parliament's decision to not put to vote a resolution on CAA on Thursday," he said. The MEA spokesman further said: 'We have noted European Commission's opinion that EU Parliament's views don't represent the official position of the EU.' (UNI)