US senator Kamala Harris slams Jaishankar's decision of not meeting Pramila Jayapal

Harris felt that it is wrong for any foreign government to tell Congress what members are allowed in meetings on Capitol Hill.

Published: 21st December 2019 11:00 AM  |   Last Updated: 21st December 2019 11:09 AM   |  A+A-

Democratic Presidential hopeful Kamala Harris

Kamala Harris (File Photo | AP)


WASHINGTON: Top Democratic Senator Kamala Harris on Friday came out in support of her fellow Indian American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, with whom External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar refused to meet during his visit to the country early this week.

"It's wrong for any foreign government to tell Congress what members are allowed in meetings on Capitol Hill," Harris, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race early this month said in a tweet.

The first US Senator of Indian origin, Harris said she stands with Jayapal. "I'm glad her colleagues in the House did too," she said responding to a news report in The Washington Post which said that Jaishankar refused to attend a meeting of House Foreign Affairs Committee, because Jayapal was also scheduled to be present in that meeting along with other lawmakers.

Earlier in the day, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and a leading Democratic presidential candidate came out in support of Jayapal. "The US and India have an important partnership - but our partnership can only succeed if it is rooted in honest dialogue and shared respect for religious pluralism, democracy, and human rights," she tweeted.

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Warren said the "efforts to silence" Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal "are deeply troubling". She retweeted a report by The Washington Post which said that External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar refused to attend a meeting of House Foreign Affairs Committee members that included Jayapal.

Jayapal, the first Indian American women to be elected to the House of Representatives, has introduced a resolution in the House on Kashmir.

The pending resolution on Kashmir introduced by Jayapal in the House is not a fair characterisation of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told a group of Indian reporters on Thursday.

"I am aware of that (Congressional) resolution. I don't think it's a fair understanding of the situation in Jammu and Kashmir or a fair characterisation of what the government of India is doing. And I have no interest in meeting (Jayapal)," Jaishankar said when asked if he asked for a meeting with Jayapal.

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Jayapal thanked Senators Harris and Warren for their support. "We're rapidly entering a world where it's not only acceptable but encouraged for foreign governments to shun the president's domestic political opponents.

This isn't a situation in which a coherent foreign policy can be developed," she said in another tweet on Friday. Congressman Jim McGovern also came out in her support. "No foreign government should dictate who is or isn't allowed into meetings on Capitol Hill," he said.

"I stand with Jayapal and applaud Congressman Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and others for doing the same. The partnership between the US and India must be grounded in open, honest conversation between friends," McGovern said.


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  • Brahmananda Das

    How can a senator dare to dictate a foreign policy of a great democratic country.Right to speak
    2 months ago reply
  • prem

    Jaishankar is Right, U.S. shd stop interfering in India's internal affair the way, India do not interfere in U.S. internal affairs on handling issues on Red Indian's and Colours
    2 months ago reply
  • Subhash Sehgal

    India is too strong to deal with this kind of shitty garbage. We are now concentrating on getting back POK.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sreekanth

    Anti India Kamala will not win her election...100% sure...
    2 months ago reply
  • Aurobindo Banerjee

    It rains to be seem how successful is the india lobby in the US vis-a-vis the Islamic lobby which spends lavishly to keep these people in "good humour".
    2 months ago reply
  • K K Nair

    Her utterances will change if and when elected as VP
    2 months ago reply
  • Krish Menon

    In the same way that you are supporting Jayapal
    2 months ago reply

    Let us wait and see the results.
    2 months ago reply
  • Sohail A Khan

    I have Kamala uses her clout as the Vice Presidential appointee to bring attention to the suffering Kashmiris under Modi and Tulsi Gabbard.
    2 months ago reply
    • Vijay

      If wishes were horses
      2 months ago reply
    • Sundhar S

      thanks for the trust
      2 months ago reply
      • T. C. Shivaswamy

        Democrats funded by Arab lobby And Chinese lobby has found a voice in Harris. China and Islamists must be happy
        2 months ago reply
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