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Will US reconsider decision on visa to Modi?

A US lawmaker has asked the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to reconsider the government`s decision against issuing a diplomatic visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.



Washington: A US lawmaker has asked the Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, to reconsider the government`s decision against issuing a diplomatic visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, drawing strong reactions from the Indian American Muslim community here.

Congressman Joe Walsh, a right wing conservative Republican and a tea party favourite has written a letter to Clinton, requesting her to consider granting a diplomatic visa to Modi.

The letter attracted strong reaction from the Indian American Muslim community who yesterday demanded that the State Department should not change its 2005 policy on Modi`s visa.

Clinton is
yet to respond to the letter, which was written by Congressman Walsh more than a fortnight ago, but sources in the State Department said there has been no change in its policy with regard to Modi`s visa and would not change till the matter is sub-judice.

Taking a strong objection to the effort of Walsh, the Indian American Muslim Council (IAMC) alleged that the Congressman`s letter is factually incorrect.

"It is unfortunate that a sitting member of the US Congress should attempt to make a case based on ignorance of the law which was amended in September 2009, specifically to remove the 24-month restriction," IAMC president, Shaheen Khateeb, said.

PTI

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