Ties with US secondary to Indians' security: Sushma Swaraj

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, security of Indians, India-US ties

Strategic partnership with the United States would not come in the way of ensuring the safety and security of Indians living in that cuntry, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Monday.

Sushma, while making a statement in the Rajya Sabha on the recent 'hate crimes against people of Indian origin settled in the US, said strategic partnership with the US is secondary and India would not keep mum on hate crime against Indians just because the two countries are strategic partner. She was replying to clarifications sought by Opposition members.

Swaraj said India was committed to ensure security of Indians living abroad and would do its best to help Indians in distress who are living abroad. She said the recent attack on Indians in the United States was more than a law and order problem and India has taken enough steps to prevent such incidents in future.

“India has received very positive and timely response from US authorities…. everyone in US has condemned the attacks,” the minister said, clarifying that “such attacks would not become a trend in future”.

Sushma was responding to CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury’s query if "hate crime against Indians" was a growing trend in the US. He also asked what steps the government planned to take to prevent such incidents in future. Yechury asked the minister to find out what was the motive behind these recent acts. Opposition members, including Sharad Yadav and Digvijay Singh expressed concern and asked the government to take steps to prevent such incidents.