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US shouldn`t be protectionist, says BJP ahead of Obama visit

Last Updated: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 20:09

New Delhi: BJP on Thursday welcomed the visit of
President Barack Obama to India but said being a major
economy, the US should not play the role of a "protectionist".

"BJP welcomes the visit of President Obama to India later
this week...US is the biggest economy in the world. But we
hope that US does not play the role of a protectionist," BJP
chief spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters here.

He said the party will come out with a detailed statement
on Obama`s tour after he completes his visit.

Party sources said Leader of the Opposition in the Lok
Sabha Sushma Swaraj would firm up her "talking points" with
Obama when the two meet after consulting Chairman of BJP`s
Parliamentary Party L K Advani, Leader of the Opposition in
the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley and party chief Nitin Gadkari in
the coming days.

Swaraj is likely to raise the issue of outsourcing and
terrorism emanating from Pakistan during her meeting with the
US President.

India today said it will not make any "hasty conclusions"
on the outcome of discussions with Obama on "complex" issues
of outsourcing, seat for India in UN Security Council and
withdrawal of US ban on export of dual-use technology.

Seeking to downplay Obama`s remarks yesterday in which he
did not hold out any assurances on these key concerns, Foreign
Secretary Nirupama Rao said it would be wrong to prejudge the
US leader`s discussions with the Indian leadership.


First Published: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 20:09
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