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USA Reverses Ban, Invites Narendra Modi
May 19, 2014

U.S. President Barack Obama effectively reversed a 9-year U.S. visa ban when he congratulated Narendra Modi on his party’s historic victory in the Indian general election, and then invited him to visit the U.S. at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen bilateral relationship. The White House said, “We look forward to working with the new Indian government to advance our partnership.” 

The U.S. has, since 2005, denied Narendra. Modi an entry visa on the grounds that he has been linked to curtailments of religious freedom in the context of the 2002 Gujarat riots. However, the White House said “The Prime Minister of India will be welcomed to the U.S., and the U.S. looked forward to working closely with the Prime Minister and the Cabinet to advance our strong, bilateral relationship based on shared democratic values. 

The State Department echoed the White House view that “The Prime Minister of India will be welcomed to the U.S as Head of Government, Narendra Modi would be eligible for an A-1 visa.” 

Some groups in the U.S. drew attention to the visa and Gujarat riots issue, and the Coalition Against Genocide (CAG), an umbrella group focusing on justice and accountability for the pogrom said that it “pledged to continue its struggle with renewed fervour in the wake of the election results in India.” 

 

 


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