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Swaraj’s ‘Indians in Janakpur’ comment unfortunate: MoFA

- Post Report, Kathmandu

May 30, 2018-

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday said the statement made by India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj about Jankapur during her annual press briefing on Monday in New Delhi, was “unfortunate”. 

After it drew widespread criticism, she immediately rolled back her statement and apologised on Monday night through the twitter.  

In a statement released on Tuesday, the ministry said, “The Government of Nepal’s attention was drawn to the statement made by India’s Minister of External Affairs (MEA) during her annual press conference. The reference made about the public participation at the Civic Felicitation programme held in honour of the Prime Minister of India in Janakpur on May 11, 2018 was unfortunate.”

“Narendra Modi is the first Prime Minister of the country who has from America’s Madison Square to Nepal’s Janakpur addressed lakhs of Indians and reached out to them...” Swaraj said during MEA’s annual press conference where she highlighted National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government’s achievement on its fourth anniversary. She also claimed Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Indian community at where they are living. She claimed, none of the Indian Prime Ministers in the past had addressed like Modi to the Indian community in this way.

During his recent state visit to Nepal, Modi visited Janapkpur, offered pooja at Ram-Janaki temple and delivered a speech to the people from the Madhesi community in Hindi and Maithlai language.

“It has come to the notice of the Government of Nepal that she has publicly admitted her mistake and apologised for the same. The Government of Nepal sincerely thanks all those who raised concerns over this issue,” the ministry statement said.  “This was a mistake on my part. I sincerely apologise for this,” she twitted. 

Social cohesion and harmony characterise the Nepali way of life that is reflective of national unity among people living in all regions, which should be respected by all, the foreign ministry statement said.

Published: 30-05-2018 08:08

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