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Sushma in Lok Sabha: Govt in talks with US authorities to ensure safety of diaspora

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New Delhi, March 15: Addressing Lok Sabha over incidents of hate attacks against Indians in the US, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said Indian government is not oblivious of the gravity of the matter and has raised issues with the highest authorities in America to ensure safety of diaspora.

Last week in Lok Sabha, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had said the attacks on Indians have started happening after Donald Trump took over as the President of the Unites States. He had said: Indians in the US are being killed, threatened, asked to leave the country while our government remains silent.

Questioning PM Modi’s silence over the matter, the opposition had questioned what steps Indian government is taking to ensure safety of Indians abroad.  To this, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said, government is serious over the matter and would present the report next week.

Making a statement in the Lok Sabha over the matter, the EAM minister assured the house that the government was giving highest priority to the safety of Indian diaspora.

“I want to reassure that safety of our diaspora is our foremost priority. We are constantly talking to the US officials. Embassies are constantly in touch with the diaspora,” Sushma Swaraj said.

She further told the house that recently attacked Indian origin Deep Rai, who was an American citizen, is out of danger now.

She further said the probe is on in the US to ascertain if the incidents involving Patel and Rai were also related to hate crimes. “Government in all three cases contacted them to provide immediate help,” the minister said.

She also said that these incidents did not reflect the sentiment of all Americans as the incidents have been widely condemned in the US. She said, “US authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents.”

Wefornews Bureau

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