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US hopes visa denial to Modi won't affect Indo-US ties
NEW DELHI, MARCH 21 (PTI)

The United States tonight hoped the denial of its visa to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi would not affect bilateral ties with India.

Asked to comment on BJP President L K Advani's remark that the denial of visa to Modi would affect Indo-US relations, American Ambassador to India David C Mulford told CNBC that "I'm sorry to hear that this sort of thing, where there is a clear case to be made, will damage relations between two major democracies."

"We had a record of relationship with BJP. That's been outstanding. We think it has been an important factor in helping to improve US-India relations in recent years and we would expect that these relations would continue," he told the interviewer Karan Thapar.

Asked to react on Indian government's regretting the US' sticking to revise its denial of visa to Modi, Mulford said "I'm sorry they regret it. They also made the statement that it is in some way disrespectful to the Constitution and to the sanctity of public life."

"But once again I would say that in case of US law it applies to foreign government officials whether elected or appointed and we have the same standard in the US for our officials and they are not protected just because they hold an elected or political office," he said.


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