Successive US Presidents, administrations have raised level of relationship with India even higher: MEA

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As the world eagerly awaits the results of US Presidential Elections 2020, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava on Friday said the comprehensive global strategic partnership has very strong support in the US and successive Presidents and administrations have raised the level of this relationship even higher.

“We are also awaiting results of the elections, what I can tell you is, India US relations rest on strong foundations. Our relations encompass cooperation in every possible sphere extending from strategic to defence to investment to trade, to people-to-people ties,” Srivastava said.

MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava said India condemns Pakistan’s unilateral decision to transfer the management and maintenance of the Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib away from the Pakistan Sikh Gurudwara Prabhandhak Committee (PSGPC), a body run by the minority Sikh Community, to the administrative control of the Evacuee Trust Property Board, a non-Sikh body.

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“This unilateral decision by Pakistan is highly condemnable and it runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor. Today evening, the CDI of the Pakistan HC was summoned and our protest was lodged. We have conveyed that this decision runs against the spirit of the Kartarpur Sahib corridor,” Srivastava said.

He added, “It has also hurt the religious sentiments of the Sikh community at large. We have been receiving representations from the Sikh community raising grave concern at this decision by Pakistan which targets the rights of the minority Sikh community in Pakistan. We have conveyed that Pakistan needs to reverse its arbitrary decision which deprives the Sikh community of its right to manage affairs of the holy Gurudwara Kartarpur Sahib.”

On being asked which are the countries where India intends to send COVID-19 vaccine once developed, the MEA Spokesperson said, “As per what the PM said to the UNGA in September, India’s vaccine production and delivery capacity will be used to help all humanity in fighting COVID-19.”

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