US Secretary of Defence General Lloyd Austin on Saturday mentioned he had a dialog with Indian ministers concerning the human rights of minorities within the nation because it was necessary for companions to have “those kinds of discussions”.
Asked if he had spoken with Prime Minister Narendra Modi about “violations of human rights especially against Muslim minorities in the northeast”, General Austin mentioned, “I did not have an opportunity to talk with him about that. I did have a conversation with other members of the cabinet on this issue.”
“We have to remember that India is our partner, a partner whose partnership we value. And I think partners need to be able to have those kinds of discussions. And certainly we feel comfortable in doing that. And you can have those discussions in a very meaningful way and make progress,” he added.
Earlier, responding to a query about whether or not he shared issues flagged by Senator Robert Menendez, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about “the deteriorating situation of democracy in India”, General Austin human rights and rule of regulation was necessary to the US.
“You’ve heard President [Joe] Biden say that human rights and rule of law is important to the United States of America. We always lead with our values. As a democracy that’s pretty important to us. India is a democratic country and you treasure your values as well. There are a number of things that we can and we will work on together,” he mentioned.
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