India on Friday condemned the use of violence by the Myanmar military against protesters which led to the death of over 500 people. It also sought restoration of democracy in Myanmar which is being ruled by the Army since February 1 this year.
During a press briefing, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, “We condemn any use of violence. We believe that the rule of law should prevail. We stand for the restoration of democracy in Myanmar. We have urged the release of political prisoners and supported any attempts at resolving the current situation including through efforts of ASEAN.”
“We remain engaged on this issue with our international interlocutors and at the UNSC, in an effort to play a balanced and constructive role,” he added.
When questioned about India’s stand on allowing people from Myanmar to the Indian side, Bagchi replied, “As far as border crossings are concerned, we are dealing with it as per our laws and humanitarian considerations.”
The External Affairs Ministry further announced that US President Biden invited PM Modi to attend the Climate Summit to be held virtually on 22-23 April. PM Modi welcomed his initiative and accepted the invitation.
“John Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate, will be visiting Delhi from 5th to 8th April,” he added.
Downplaying the rumours that India has imposed a blanket ban on the export of COVID-19 vaccines in view of the rising number of cases in the country, the MEA spokesperson said, “We have not imposed any such ban. Till now we have supplied vaccines to more than 80 countries across the world.”
Responding to Pakistan’s flip flop in trade, where it first allowed resumption of trade with India and then withdrew it, Arindam Bagchi said, “We are not the right party to whom this question should be directed.”