India lodges strong protest with Malaysia over Mahathir's criticism on Citizenship Act

The Charge d'Affairs of Malaysian embassy was summoned to the External Affairs Ministry and he was conveyed India's anguish over Mohamad's comments.

Published: 21st December 2019 06:13 PM  |   Last Updated: 22nd December 2019 09:55 AM   |  A+A-

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad (File Photo | AP)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: A day after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad slammed India over CAA, the Ministry of External Affairs summoned the Charge d’Affaires of Malaysian embassy to express its ‘anguish’ over Mohamad’s comments, official sources said. Malaysia was asked to take a ‘long-term’ and strategic view of the bilateral relations during this meeting, they added.

External affairs ministry said Mohamad’s comments were not in sync with established diplomatic practice of non-interference in their respective internal affairs, said official sources. The Malaysian diplomat was conveyed that the remarks by Mohamad were ‘insensitive’ and that he was ‘ill-informed’ on the issue, according to sources.

Questioning the ‘necessity’ of the Act, Mohammad had said, “I am sorry to see that India, which claims to be a secular state now is taking action to deprive some Muslims of their citizenship.” He was speaking in the sidelines of the Kuala Lupur summit. The MEA had earlier issued a statement saying Mohamad had remarked on a matter that was India’s internal matter. It had also said in a statement that Mohamad’s comment was factually inaccurate.


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