"As you probably know, we don't get into questions of visa matters on any particular individual. That said, we of course will evaluate any visa application based on its merits and in accordance with US law, so I don't have anything further on that specifically," the Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs Mike hammer told foreign journalists at a news conference yesterday.
Hammer was responding to a question on Narendra Modi in the aftermath of Britain taking decision to end its decade long policy of no-contact with him, which it took after the communal riots in the Gujarat a decade ago.
"Is there a shift in the US policy towards Modi, or not yet?" Hammer was asked in view of the latest decision taken by the British Government.
The British decision to resume its contact with Modi was noted in several major American media outlets.
"Being a business-friendly government official in one of the world's fastest-growing economies can erase a lot of political baggage," The Washington Post said referring to the British decision, adding that this may just be the beginning of an end to his international pariah status.
"I have asked the British High Commissioners in New Delhi to visit Gujarat and to meet the chief minister and other senior figures in the state," Hugo Swire, the new British minister in charge of India, has said in a statement.
"This will allow us to discuss a wide range of issues of mutual interest and to explore opportunities for closer cooperation," the statement added.
I want to know what did the US get by refusing Modi a Visa in the first place and what has changed since then that merits a rethink over it now. Its all hipocracy and nothing else. I think it was the US which asked the British to go ahead first and then they will follow beacause of attitude problem.This case is just like the Atomic test ban that they slapped on India along with Canada and other countries, And now all are on board.Its just a childish approach. In modern times such an attitude doesnt pay anymore.Change yourselves the WEST.