BJP leader LK Advani made it clear to US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that any pressure on India to resume talks with Pakistan, before it acts on terrorism, will not “get the nation’s support”.
During their 45-minute meeting at his residence, Advani told Clinton that as Leader of Opposition, he was stating India’s position. He said he “wanted her to know the country’s concern and consensus” and “if she appreciated it, it’d be good”.
He also raised the joint statement issued by Prime Ministers Manmohan Singh and Yousuf Raza Gilani in Egypt on July 16. In tune with the BJP perception that Singh is under pressure from the US to resume talks with Pakistan, he told Clinton his party was concerned that despite 26/11, “the PM has delinked terrorism from the composite dialogue”.
Clinton, who had hailed the joint statement, heard him out and did not contradict him, the BJP’s Sushma Swaraj said.
She quoted Advani as telling Clinton: “We are for good relations with the US but any action against this consensus will not get the country’s support. Therefore, we shouldn’t succumb and try to placate others.”
Advani also expressed unhappiness over the reference to Balochistan in the joint statement. He told Clinton “the statement has named Balochistan as if we are doing something there... as if we are in the dock”.
Clinton raised “four-five issues”, including the need for India to cap carbon emissions.