Congress slams government over foreign policy

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New Delhi, Aug 3: Hitting out at the government over handling of foreign policy issues in the Rajya Sabha, especially on Sikkim standoff, the Congress said national security and the nation’s interest were in danger on account of it.

Expressing concern on Sikkim standoff, Congress senior leader Anand Sharma asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi that what was discussed during his meeting with Chinese President  Xi Jinping, adding its a matter of national interest and it should be discussed.

Referring to PM Modi’s meeting with the Chinese President twice – on the sidelines of the SCO meet in Astana in Kazakhstan and G20 meeting in Germany’s Hamburg, Sharma stated, “Modiji met with Xi Jinping twice, once in Astana and in Hamburg, and we have been told that both of them had meaningful discussions.

“But why did China deny this? I trust my government, but what is their intent in denying?” he questioned.

Sharma further stated that PM Modi has not mentioned even once what bilateral talks he held with Chinese President.

He also accused Modi Government for  mishandling the issue of NSG membership.

“Even the National Security Advisors (NSAs) met; we are not asking them to divulge all the details of the meeting, but atleast we should know what is going on and how the ongoing stand off will be resolved”, Sharma added.

Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Sharma also assured that when it comes to national interest and sovereignty we are with the governmnet.

“But we want Foreign Minister Sushmaji (Swaraj) to give diplomacy a chance. We believe that all diplomatic channels should be kept open for negotiations and safeguarding country’s interest,” Sharma said.

“I hope the External Affairs Minister is fully aware about the confrontation with China in Doklam. Our security and national interest is at risk. China is acting unusually aggressive,” he said.

Highlighting Chinese President reaction on the issue twice, Sharma said we also want to know what our government’ stance.

Wefornews Bureau

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