After Congress called the result of PM Modi’s meeting with US President Donald Trump as “disappointing”, I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu retorted that the Opposition party was jealous of its own “lost opportunities” in diplomacy.
“This is borne out of sheer jealousy and guilt as Prime Minister’s every foreign visit holds mirror to the lost opportunities during the ten years of UPA rule,” said Naidu. “The growing status of the PM as a global leader and the rising status of India is not digestible to Congress given their lacklustre foreign policy,” he added.
Congress spokesperson and former Union minister Manish Tewari on Tuesday said that during the meeting, there was no talks about H1B visas. “There was divergence on the issue of terror. The perception of the US with regard to Islamist terror is very different from the concerns of India about cross-border terrorism. Trump named North Korea in his remarks, but he did not mention Pakistan,” said Tewari.
The Congress leader also slammed NDA government for showcasing Modi’s visit to the White House as noteworthy development. “Modi is the 40th head of state or government to get an audience with Trump in the White House. Even those of Montenegro and Egypt beat him to it,” the Congress spokesperson said.
“Nothing has come out of the visit. The joint statement is disappointing,” Tewari added. President Trump has only “appreciated” the order of an Indian airline to purchase 100 airplanes from Boeing that would help in creating employments in the US.