Muslims shocked at UK decision. Germany not to follow UK on Modi

October 19, 2012 by  
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Foreign Secretary William Hague

British Foreign Secretary William Hague

United Kingdom, October 17, 2012: The Council of Indian Muslims (U.K.) has urged Foreign Secretary William Hague to review Britain’s decision to “engage” with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s government.

In a letter to him, it has expressed its “dismay” and “shock” over the decision, saying Mr. Modi’s government was “responsible” for the anti-Muslim violence in the State in 2002.

The letter, written by Council Chairman Munaf Zeena, quotes from a leaked report of the British High Commission at the time which said the violence had “all the hallmarks of ethnic cleansing” and that “reconciliation between Hindus and Muslims is impossible while the Chief Minister remains in power.”

– the hindu

Germany not to follow Britain in re-engaging with Gujarat

Germany’s Ambassador to India Micheal Steiner

Germany’s Ambassador to India Micheal Steiner

New Delhi, October 17, 2012: Making it clear that Berlin’s stand remains unchanged, Germany’s Ambassador to India Micheal Steiner has said the country will not follow Britain in re-engaging with Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s Gujarat or his administration when the State is in the midst of Assembly polls.

(Last week Britain, in a departure from its earlier stand, announced normalisation of ties with Gujarat. It was among the many governments, including the U.S., which boycotted the Gujarat government in the wake of the 2001 communal riots.)

“Our stand remains unchanged. There is a domestic election that will start in Gujarat next month and we don’t want to make any kind of statement on it. Britain had informed us before making their announcement. However, our stand is not affected by the U.K.’s decision,” Mr. Steiner said.

– the hindu

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