No change in visa policy but Modi can apply US

No change in visa policy but Modi can apply US

By: || Updated: 24 Jul 2013 11:32 PM

Washington: 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 on 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.

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.

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:

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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