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White House Dismisses Democracy Concerns In India

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White House Dismisses Democracy Concerns In India

WASHINGTON, DC (IANS) – Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US, the White House on June 5 dismissed concerns about the health of democracy in India, saying it is vibrant and anybody who happens to go to New Delhi can see that for themselves.

“India is a vibrant democracy. Anybody that, you know, happens to go to New Delhi can see that for themselves. And certainly, I would expect that the strength and health of democratic institutions will be part of the discussion,” John Kirby, Coordinator for Strategic Communications at the National Security Council in the White House, said addressing a news conference.

“And look, we never shy away. And you can do that with friends; you’re supposed to do that with friends. You never shy away from expressing concerns that we might have with anyone around the world,” Kirby said in response to a question on the health of Indian democracy under Modi.

He further said Modi’s visit is about advancing “what is now and what we hope will be a deeper, stronger partnership and friendship going forward”.

When asked about the reason behind the invitation for the state dinner, Kirby said “There are innumerable reasons why India certainly matters not just bilaterally between the two of our nations, but multilaterally on very many levels. And the President is looking forward very much to having Prime Minister Modi here to talk about all those issues and to advance and deepen that partnership and that friendship,” Kirby said.

“India is a strong partner on very, very many levels with the United States. You saw that, in Shangri-La, Secretary Austin (Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin) announced some additional defense cooperation now that we’re going to pursue with India. Of course, there’s an awful lot of economic trade between our two countries. India is a member of the Pacific Quad and a key friend and partner with respect to Indo-Pacific security,” Kirby added.

Prime Minister Modi’s June 22 state visit, the highest level of diplomatic reception, will boost the US and India’s “shared commitment to a free, open, prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific”, the White House said earlier.

During the visit, Modi will address a joint meeting of the House of Representatives and Senate. The theme of the address will focus on his vision for India’s future and the global challenges faced by the two countries.

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  • I hope when Prime Minister Modi addresses the joint session of the Congress, he does it in English. He is a very fluent speaker in English and a message delivered in English would reverberate much more strong with the members of the Congress and Senate.

    June 6, 2023
  • I hope this statement from the White House counters anti-India, anti-Hindu, and anti-Modi propaganda done by some small groups that have vested interests for promoting their narrow, self-serving agendas, instead of providing positive suggestions for improvements in the current situation in India

    June 6, 2023
  • Papu from India came all the way to USA, and made announcement that the Democracy in India
    is over and Dictators are governing India.
    India should not allow such ignorant, good-for-nothing, rubbish politician to go abroad and
    spread contradictory remarks, speeches and stupid announcements about India.

    June 6, 2023
    • Papu was brainwashed that he was DEMOCRACY IN INDIA. then this year he was told by the same people that he was finished. He put this together and concluded that Democracy is over.

      The real truth is that the family is in pain after that bank in Switzerland went bankrupt.

      June 6, 2023
    • If india does what you are recommending, won’t that validate his point that democracy in India is weakening.

      June 6, 2023
  • Modi shitty guy is coming to speak shit like always. shame on Biden administration to invite him. Mr. Rahul Gandhi is an educated politician not like modi , who did not even passed 5 th class in school.

    June 6, 2023
    • Rahul Gandhi is a thug!!! Modi is the first PM that has elevated India to a premier status after being regarded as a third world country for the past 70 years. Vis it lndia and see the improvements that have been made given that we have over a billion in population before making crass judgements against Modi

      June 8, 2023
  • Modi should NOT be able to speak to Congress.
    He should be DEPORTED
    He is making $ weak by joining China and Russia to create a currency called BRICS

    June 6, 2023
    • BRICS is an organization.
      Did they give you a lobotomy!
      Oops, sorry, there is no way you would know if they cut all the round and oval organs.

      June 6, 2023
  • It is very unfortunate that there are many anti India and anti-Hindu elements in the US that continue to muddy the water.

    June 6, 2023

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