Safety of countrymen comes ahead of strategic partnership with US: Sushma Swaraj

6 days ago | 21-03-2017 | IBNS

New Delhi, Mar 20 : Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj said that the safety of countrymen comes ahead of strategic partnership while speaking about the recent hate crimes that occurred against Indians in United States, at Rajya Sabha on Monday.

The opposition on Monday raised the issue in the upper house regarding several death of Indians in US, due to racial intolerance.

Sushma called the attack to be hate crimes and not a law and order problem of US.

We asked US for investigations in all the cases on the basis of hate crime, she said.

Answering to a Communist leader D. Raja about strategic partnership, Sushma said: Strategic partnership is not such that we will not think about the well being of Indians. Never think that we will be quiet because of strategic partnership with US.

Strategic partnership is secondary, she added.

Following the death of an Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla at a bar in Kansas, a Sikh man at Kent and an Indian origin businessman in South Carolina were killed within just few days in the last month.

Though Sushma expressed concern over the death of Indians, she believes that the US government would not allow the hate crime to be a trend.

Common Americans and US Congress doesnt stand by this hate crime. Even US President condemned the act, External Affairs Minister said.