White House won’t confirm if Joe Biden will ‘press’ PM Modi on rights of Muslims

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre won’t confirm whether Joe Biden will ‘press’ Prime Minister Modi on Muslim rights

White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre won’t confirm whether Joe Biden will ‘press’ Prime Minister Modi on Muslim rights

When asked whether US President Joe Biden would pressure Prime Minister Narendra Modi to “protect” Indian Muslims when the two virtually met at a summit in July, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre said. not that he would, but said the president had “no problem” talking about human rights with foreign leaders.

“He [Mr. Biden] has no problem talking to leaders about humanitarian rights, about freedoms, about the importance of democracy. This is something the president has done in the past. I can’t speak specifically about what’s on the agenda and what their conversation will be,” Ms. Jean-Pierre said during the White House briefing on Wednesday.

She also said that Mr. Biden was a “straight shooter” and speaks “very honestly”.

“And when it comes to humanitarian rights, she has no problem having those direct conversations — conversations between leaders and leaders,” she said.

Ms. Pierre was also asked if the White House had any comment about Indian authorities demolishing the homes of those protesting remarks against the Prophet. She didn’t answer the question.

Properties of individuals allegedly involved in protests have been bulldozed, including in BJP-ruled states such as Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, as well as in Delhi, without court approval. Mr Modi has so far not publicly commented on the incidents. The UP government told the Supreme Court on Wednesday that the bulldozers were being used on illegally constructed sites and not in retaliation for participating in protests.

Prime Minister and President Biden are expected to meet virtually during Mr Biden’s July 13-16 trip to Western Asia. The leaders will meet at a virtual ‘I2U2’ summit – a group of four countries made up of India, Israel, the US and the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Mr. Modi will also attend the Group of Seven (G7) meeting in Schloss Elmau, Germany, on June 26-27, where Mr. Biden will also be present.

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