Tuesday, January 13, 2004

India: Powell a liar

India is essentially calling Secretary of State Colin Powell a liar, refuting his claim that the US helped to bring about the recent peace talks between India and Pakistan:

Contesting the US claim that its active involvement brought about the recent breakthrough in Indo-Pak. ties, India today made it clear that there was no scope for third-party role in the past and also in the future.

"India discusses major foreign policy issues with friendly countries as part of normal diplomatic interaction. The US has repeatedly offered to promote India-Pakistan dialogue. However, on India-Pakistan bilateral issues, there has been no scope for any third party role in the past and it is not likely to be there in future either," an External Affairs Ministry spokesman told reporters.


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