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'No change in US visa policy, but Modi welcome to apply'

Jul 24 2013, 11:16pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 25 (IANS) Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

Washington, July 25 — Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed...

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'No change in US visa policy, but Modi welcome to apply'

Jul 24 2013, 11:16pm CDT | by IANS

Washington, July 25 (IANS) Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

Washington, July 25 — Even as the visiting BJP president Rajnath Singh denied he had come to get Gujarat chief minister, Narendra Modi a US visa, the State Department said its policy had not changed.

"Well, our policy on this has not changed," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters Wednesday in response to a question.

"If Chief Minister Modi applies for a visa, his application will be considered to determine whether he qualifies for a visa in accordance with US immigration law and policy," she said.

"But as you know, we don't talk about the specifics of that process or individual cases. But he would, of course, be considered if he were to apply," Psaki assured.

Modi, who was denied a US visa in 2005 for his alleged role or inaction in the 2002 Godhra anti-Muslim riots, never applied again for a US visa even as corporate America of late has been warming up to his "vibrant Gujarat".

Three Republican lawmakers who met Modi recently in Gandhinagar along with a US business delegation had also promised to take up the issue with the Obama administration.

Asked what would happen in case Modi became Prime Minister after the upcoming parliamentary elections, Psaki said: "Well, that's a lot of speculation down the road."

"We always encourage democratic elections and we don't take sides, and we'll be watching it closely."

When the reporter repeated the question, the spokesperson again responded:

"Well, I think I just said that we will consider his application if he applies. And we're not going to get ahead of where we are at this time."

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Trump: "Money Will Pour into India" Thanks to Narendra Modi

Aug 12 2014 3:02pm CDT | Source: Big Government

Visiting India to open the gleaming Trump Tower Mumbai, Real Estate magnate Donald Trump heaped praise upon India’s newly elected conservative Prime Minister Narendra Modi, predicting that his free market policies will unleash an unprecedented wave of foreign investment into India.   "I see India as a great place to invest,” Trump told reporters in the country’s commercial hub. “Money will pour into India,” claiming India’s new leader had done ...
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Strategizing Kukis' Political Demands

Aug 4 2014 6:00pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

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Indian PM's Nepal Visit to Boost Energy, Infrastructure Cooperation

Jul 30 2014 4:20pm CDT | Source: Politics - The Huffington Post

The upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Nepal is set to deepen relations between the two nations in various spheres. This is a win-win scenario for both countries: India's role is crucial for Nepal as it enters a new era of democracy, change and development, while harnessing Nepal's resources can help solve India's pressing energy needs. Modi's visit to Kathmandu is an incredible opportunity for both nations to address bilateral concerns and build ...
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