Krishna chastises Ramesh for remarks in China

External Affairs Minister S M Krishna Wednesday chastised ministerial colleague Jairam Ramesh for his controversial remarks in China, saying ministers must be "cautious and restrained" while speaking on foreign soil.

Updated: May 19, 2010, 22:42 PM IST

New Delhi: External Affairs Minister S M
Krishna Wednesday chastised ministerial colleague Jairam Ramesh
for his controversial remarks in China, saying ministers must
be "cautious and restrained" while speaking on foreign soil.

"Ministers, when they make statements especially from
foreign soil, I think they have to be extremely cautious and
restrained in criticising the policies of our government
regardless of which department it is," Krishna told a news channel.

He said the clarification given by the Home Ministry
should also be accepted in view of the Union Environment
Minister`s remarks.

Ramesh, while on a tour of China earlier this month, had
dubbed the Home Ministry`s policies towards Chinese companies
as "overly defensive" and "alarmist".

Krishna said if other ministry has something to say about
foreign policy formulation and the implementation and it would
be the endeavour of the Ministry of External Affairs to get
them onboard.

"It would be our endeavour to get them onboard with our
thinking as to how we are conducting our foreign policy and if
there are deficiencies we can certainly correct them -- there
is always room for mid-course adjustments, we are willing to
do that," he said.

PTI