India reached out to countries across world on CAA, NRC: MEA

RSTV Bureau
External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar (PTI photo)

External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar (PTI photo)

India has reached out to countries across the world on the issues of the new citizenship law and the proposed National Register of Citizens, the ministry of external affairs said on Thursday.

“We did reach out to countries across the globe on Citizenship Amendment Act and the NRC,” MEA Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

“We emphasised that the Act (CAA) just expedites acquiring of citizenship to persecuted minorities. It does not change the basic structure of the Constitution,” he said.

On when the India-Japan summit, which was postponed following protests in Guwahati last month, will be held, Kumar said the dates for it will be finalised soon.

India and Japan are in touch through diplomatic channels and “very soon” the dates of the annual bilateral summit, postponed last month in the wake of violent protests over the amended citizenship law, will be finalised.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s visit to this country for the annual summit with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi in Guwahati on December 13 was postponed in the wake of the protests in the northeastern states.

“We are in touch with the Japanese side through diplomatic channels. We do hope that very soon we will come to the finalisation of the date,” Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said at a media briefing.

Asked whether two summits will be held this year, he said, “It is an annual mechanism, the summit which was supposed to be held in December that is the one which is getting postponed. But all these matters which will be under discussion with the Japanese side.”

Kumar had said last month that both sides decided to “defer” Abe’s visit for the December 15-17 summit to a mutually convenient date.

(With inputs from News Agency)