Ned Price, spokesperson for the United States Department of State
ND24 Web Desk | Published : 2023-01-24
The US is not familiar with the BBC documentary, but it is familiar with the shared “democratic values” that connect Washington and New Delhi, a US State Department spokesperson stated. Department spokesperson Ned Price said while responding to a media query on a BBC documentary on Prime Minister Narendra Modi which has sparked controversy since its release.
Addressing a press conference, Price said that there are numerous elements that bolster the US’ global strategic partnership with India which include political, economic and exceptionally deep people-to-people ties. Calling India’s democracy a vibrant one, he said “we look to everything that ties us together, and we look to reinforce all of those elements that tie us together,” as he underlined the diplomatic ties that US and India share with each other.
“I’m not aware of this documentary that you point to, but I will say broadly, is that there are a number of elements that undergird the global strategic partnership that we have with our Indian partner," he said. Last week, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak defended Modi and distanced himself from the BBC documentary series, saying he “doesn’t agree with the characterisation” of his Indian counterpart.
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