Govt in dialogue with US over Indians' safety: Sushma

Keeping in touch with Indians abroad, says minister

Govt in dialogue with US over Indians' safety: Sushma

The government on Wednesday told the Lok Sabha that it was in “continuous dialogue” with president Donald Trump’s administration over safety of the Indian community in the US.

“Safety and security of the Indian diaspora abroad remains a top priority for this government. We are in a continuous dialogue with the US government,” External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said. “Close contacts with the local Indian community groups are being maintained through our embassy and consulates to address any emergent issues.”
Sushma on Wednesday referred to the killing of Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at Kansas in US on February 22. Kuchibhotla was shot at and killed by a local resident who hurled racial slur at his victims.

“The accused, Adam Purinton, has been arrested by the police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation has taken over the case and is investigating the same as a ‘hate crime’,” said Sushma.

Concerns conveyed
“The government has taken up this issue with the US government at very high levels and conveyed our deep concerns,” the minister added, dismissing the allegation by Mallikarjun Kharge of the Congress that the government remained mum when Indians are targeted in the US.

She said that Donald Trump had referred to the Kansas shooting in his address to a joint session of the Congress on February 28 and said that the US “stands united in condemning hate and evil in all its forms”.

She said that the speaker of the US House of Representatives Paul Ryan too issued a statement expressing the House’s condolences on the killing of Srinivas Kuchibotla and the House observed a moment of silence over the incident.

Governor of Kansas Sam Brownback, in a letter to prime minister, had praised the “ingenuity, hard work and determination” of the Indian diaspora as well as their contributions to the State of Kansas. He has assured that Kansas will remain “a welcoming, hospitable place” for Indians.

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