Gujarat a development model but no US visa to Modi

The US on Tuesday said that there is no change in its visa policy with regard to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.

Last Updated: Nov 15, 2011, 23:55 PM IST

Washington: The US on Tuesday said that there is
no change in its visa policy with regard to Gujarat Chief
Minister Narendra Modi, but asserted that the state has a very
welcoming environment for American business to flourish.

"No, there are no new developments on that," Assistant
Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Robert Blake
told reporters here when asked if there is any review of
giving visa to Modi.

The US has previously denied visa to Modi, apparently
holding him responsible for the communal riots in Gujarat in
2002.

Blake, however, said Gujarat itself remains a very
important place for American investment.

"I think it has shown itself to be a very welcoming
environment for American business to flourish," he said.

"We will continue to promote investment, encourage
investment into that State," he said yesterday.

The US has previously denied visa to Modi, apparently
holding him responsible for the communal riots in Gujarat in
2002.

Blake, however, said Gujarat itself remains a very
important place for American investment.

"I think it has shown itself to be a very welcoming
environment for American business to flourish," he said.

"We will continue to promote investment, encourage
investment into that State," he said yesterday.