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Preneet takes up turban issue with French president

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Patiala, February 15, 2013
First Published: 20:49 IST(15/2/2013) | Last Updated: 20:56 IST(15/2/2013)

As a sequel to the discussions that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had had with visiting French President Francois Hollande with regard to the turban issue, minister of state for external affairs Preneet Kaur raised the issue with the distinguished guest again while seeing him off on Friday.

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“The French president sounded very positive and reassured to ask his home and education ministers to talk to the Sikh community to sort out matters in the best possible way,” said Preneet Kaur in a press release.

She was minister-in-waiting to the French President during his visit to Delhi. The contentious issue came up for discussion on Thursday during high-level talks and the prime minister had categorically sought French president's intervention in the matter.

The visiting president had assured the Indian delegation that his administration would ensure that religious sentiments of the Sikh community were not hurt in any manner, the press release said.

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