MEA In Soup After Jaishankar Cancels Meet With US Congress Panel Over Kashmir Issue
(Democrat Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal) The US Congress committee, which refused to remove Jayapal from the meeting leading to a diplomatic stand-off, comprised Committee, Rep. Eliot L. Engel (D-N.Y.), Republican, Rep. Michael McCaul (Tex.), and others, including Democrat Pramila Jayapal (Wash).
Democratic presidential candidates, Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, tweeted in support of Jayapal, saying New Delhi’s insistence that the US lawmaker be excluded was something that was expected only from authoritarian regimes.
The cancellation of this meeting was deeply disturbing.— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) December 19, 2019
It only furthers the idea that the Indian government isn’t willing to listen to any dissent at all. https://t.co/EMeqIr05VJ
“I have an interest in meeting people who are objective and open to discussion but not the people who already made up their minds,” Jaishankar had earlier stated in Washington. “I am aware of that resolution. I don’t think it’s a fair understanding of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, or a fair characterisation of what the government of India is doing", he added. Jaishankar was in Washington along with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh for a ‘2+2’ dialogue with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark Esper. President Donald Trump had on Wednesday met Singh and Jaishankar for a brief discussion on furthering US-India ties which, amid the current showdown over Pramila Jayapal, seem to be in an awkward twist.
Shutting out U.S. lawmakers who are standing up for human rights is what we expect from authoritarian regimes—not the government of India. @RepJayapal is right. She must not be excluded for being outspoken about the unacceptable crackdown on Kashmiris and Muslims. https://t.co/G1lQepLQxF— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) December 20, 2019