External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar called on Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Delhi on Wednesday. Jaishankar stated that he valued Mitsotakis' commitment to enhancing ties between India and Greece.
“Insofar as the US is concerned, certain inputs were given to us as part of our security cooperation with the United States. Those inputs were of concern to us because they (were) related to the nexus of organised crime, trafficking, and other matters,” he told the Rajya Sabha.
His comments are significant since the US has alleged that an Indian official sought to hire a hit man to kill ‘Khalistan’ supporter Gurpatwant Singh Pannun and impressed upon New Delhi the need to investigate the matter.
When asked why there was no equitable treatment with regard to charges made by the Canadian government, Jaishankar said, “Insofar as Canada is concerned, no specific evidence or inputs were provided to us. So the question of equitable treatment to two countries, one of whom has provided inputs and one of whom has not, does not arise.”
Meanwhile, on Pannun’s recent threat to attack Parliament on or before December 13, MEA Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We do take threats seriously. We are caught in a bind here. I don’t want to amplify too much credence to such extremists who make threats and get a lot of coverage. We have taken up this matter with the US and Canadian authorities. Extremists and terrorists tend to seek media coverage on an issue.”
On the threat to Air India, he said, “We would condemn any such threat and our security agencies will take appropriate actions.”
During an interview in Munich, the foreign minister said as India does not expect Europe to have a view of China identical to its own, the Western world should understand that India cannot have a view of Russia identical to its own.
No stranger to controversy, veteran Congress leader and former Union Minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, on Sunday triggered a fresh row after coming out in praise of Pakistani people and terming them as the 'biggest asset of India'