CAA did not come up during PM Modi, Trump talks: Foreign Secretary

DN Bureau

The issue of Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) did not come up during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.

Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla

New Delhi: The issue of Citizen Amendment Act (CAA) did not come up during talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Donald Trump, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said on Tuesday.

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"The issue of CAA did not come up. However, with regard to religious freedom, there is an appreciation on both sides that pluralism and diversity are common binding factors in both the countries. President Donald Trump yesterday in Ahmedabad said about the religious diversity and how it is evident in India," Shringla said during a press conference after India-US talks.

President Trump and Prime Minister Modi held bilateral talks earlier in the day. The two leaders also presided over India-US delegation-level talks.

The CAA grants citizenship to Hindu, Sikh, Jain, Parsi, Buddhist, and Christian refugees from Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Bangladesh who came to India on or before December 31, 2014. Protests have erupted across the country against the contentious CAA since Parliament gave its nod to the law last year.

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Addressing a gathering in Ahmedabad at 'Namaste Trump' event on Monday, the US President had lauded India's diversity in his speech and said the harmonious coexistence of millions of followers of various religions in the country served as "inspiration to the world". (ANI)

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