Congress flays Indo-US joint statement, BJP hits back

Congress flays Indo-US joint statement, BJP hits back

Congress flays Indo-US joint statement, BJP hits back
Congress on Tuesday flayed the India-US joint statement, terming it as "disappointing and old hat" that lacked "new or big ideas" in the relationship between the two countries.

In response, Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting M Venkaiah Naidu said the Congress "deliberately refuses to see and believe" the outcome of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the US due to "sheer jealousy" and "guilt of lost opportunities” during the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) regime.

"The joint statement between India and the US is disappointing to say the least. It was old hat. There was no big idea in the relationship," Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari said.

He also said that the joint statement of Modi and Trump emphasised more on "diversions" in the bilateral ties than "conversions."

On Modi and Trump striking a common note on terrorism vowing to strengthen efforts to fight the scourge and eliminate safe havens for terrorists in their joint statement, the Congress spokesperson said, “President Trump's interpretation of Islamist terror is very different from the interpretation that we have of cross border terrorism which is being sponsored by Pakistan.”

Naidu said the “grand and warm” welcome extended to Modi by the White House and Trump spoke for “the rising importance of India” in the global economic and geo-political order.

“I am not surprised to know of the disappointment expressed by Congress over Prime Minister’s visit to the US and his meeting with President Donald Trump last night. Congress is particularly disappointed by the fact the US President Donald Trump acknowledged the accomplishments of India under Prime Minister Modi during the last three years,” he added.