Thursday, July 31, 2014

#Snooping is 'not acceptable,' #Sushma Swaraj

Indian External affairs Minister Ms.Sushma Swaraj did raise the issue of snooping with the visiting US secretary of State John Kerry. Snooping on friendly countries like India is 'not acceptable,' Swaraj told in a joint press conference with John Kerry.

Kerry in his reply said he and USA understand the India’s point of view in this and President Obama has called for a comprehensive review of the NSA's intelligent gathering mechanism. It may be noted that NSA contractor Edward Snowden made the disclosure that NSA had snooped upon 6 political parties across the globe including India's BJP party.
Kerry in his speech raised the issue of the scope of cooperation the alternative energy sector with India. He endorsed the view of India's PM Narendra Modi on Saffron Revolution or Energy Revolution.
On the WTO negotiation with India Kerry stressed the need to find a balance between subsidizing farmers and respecting sprit the of the Bali agreement on WTO. India has not yet ratified the agreement on this.
On the issue of Immigration bill or Bill no.744 which discriminate India's immigrant IT work force, Kerry said that the bill is pending before the senate and not much movement is expected in the next few months before the US elections in this respect. Swaraj said India is not opposed to the bill per say but has certain reservation.

On the issue of India joining US and putting sanctions on Russia, Kerry said he understands that India has a long standing relationship with Russia but would like to see India joining US on this as well. In her response Sushma Swaraj said foreign policy does not change with change of government and works in continuity.