8/1/2014 5:02:28 PM
|written By : Team India Se|
During the recent visit by US Secretary of State John Kerry to India, Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj raised the issue of US authorities spying on the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party before it came to power.
India had protested against this earlier, but Swaraj told Indian journalists after the India-US strategic dialogue sesssion, "I told Secretary Kerry that this was completely unacceptable to us as India and US are friendly countries. Friends don't snoop on each other."
In his response, Kerry sought to assuage India's concerns as he said President Barack Obama had undertaken a unique and unprecedented exercise to review all intelligence activities carried out by US agencies. He also said the US valued its relations with India and also the partnership between the two countries in counter-terror operations.
"We don't discuss intelligence matter publicly. But we value sharing of information regularly on counter-terrorism with India. US President Barack Obama clearly articulated that we fully respect and understand feelings expressed by Indian nationals," Kerry said.
Other issues discussed included trade, energy, climate change, security and counter-terror operations.