Democrat Eni Faleomavaega, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, has opposed H.Res. 417 introduced in the US Senate in December. The resolution brought in by Congressmen Joe Pitts and Frank Wolf focuses on putting restrictions on Narendra Modi’s visit to the USA.

Mr Faleomavaega also released a statement commending the US India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) for working with key leaders in the U.S. House of Representatives to correct the misinformation put forward by H. Res. 417. The H.R. 417 professes to praise India's rich religious diversity and commitment to tolerance and equality while reaffirming the need to protect the rights and freedoms of religious minorities.

The Democrat leader is focused on the critically important relationship between the United States and India and says that the two nations share many common values and strategic interests. India plays a central role in the Asia-Pacific region, and together “we must do our part to ensure that India is a centerpiece in America's rebalance to Asia.” H. Res. 417 weakens, rather than strengthens, the friendship between the U.S. and India. The resolution runs counter to all the hard work that the American people, particularly those in the Indian American community, have done to improve the relationship, he has said.

The USINPAC is the voice of over 3.1 million Indian-Americans and works on issues that concern the community. It supports candidates for local, state and federal offices and encourages political participation by the Indian-American community. The committee believes that H. Res. 417 weakens, rather than strengthens, the friendship between the U.S. and India. USINPAC has consistently and successfully advocated for a better awareness of the issues facing the Indian-American community.

Narendra Modi was declined a diplomatic visa to the United States in the year 2005. Impressed by the development in Gujarat, Narendra Modi was invited to Pakistan by the Karachi Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2011 and addressed the prominent business leaders. During the visit Modi mentioned that he wishes to help Pakistan out of its power crisis, especially in Sindh, by suggesting that the Gujarat Model can be followed by them to overcome the crisis.

The United Kingdom was reluctant in dealing with Modi as well for almost a decade following the 2002 violence. But the diplomatic boycott was lifted by UK in October 2012 following which in March 2013, the European Union ended their boycott too.

In July 2013, BJP president Rajnath Singh paid a visit to US and gave a speech requesting that Modi should be given a visa to visit the country, rejoinder to this, 65 Members of the Indian parliament signed a letter to US President Barack Obama urging to uphold the policy of denying a visa to Narendra Modi.

USINPAC assured that it will make sure that U.S. Congress does not intentionally or unintentionally influence the outcome of India’s elections. India is a sovereign nation and its citizens have complete right to choose their leaders without any influences.

December 2013

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