Trump to discuss CAA, NRC issues with PM Modi during two day visit
New Delhi : The US President Donald Trump is expected to raise concerns over Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAA) and National Register of Citizens (NRC) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day visit to India next week, said US officials.
He is also likely to encourage a reduction in tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue.
The comments are significant at a time when there is a growing concern in Washington over India’s adherence to democratic processes and traditions, namely, Parliament’s passage of the CAA and the establishment of the NRC in Assam.
Speaking over the questions on NRC and CAA, the officials said the administration is "concerned" about these issues and that Trump will talk about these issues with Prime Minister Modi.
"Prime Minister Modi in his first speech after winning the election last year talked about how he would prioritize being inclusive of Indian religious minorities. And certainly, the world looks to India to maintain religious liberty and equal treatment for all under the rule of law," the official said.
"We continue to believe a core foundation of any successful dialogue between the two is based on continued momentum in Pakistan's efforts to crack down on terrorist extremists on its territory. We continue to look for that. I think the President will urge both countries to seek to maintain peace and stability along the line of control and refrain from actions or statements that could increase tensions in the region," the official added.