US to closely monitor the implementation of controversial CAA, India calls US remarks “misplaced”

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U.S. State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller. ( Image Source :Getty )

India Tomorrow

NEW DELHI—While the United States has said that it will closely monitor the implementation of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) to fast track Indian citizenship to migrants from its neighbouring countries – Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh, the Government of India called the US remarks “misplaced, misinformed and unwarranted.”

State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller made this comment when questioned by reporters during daily media briefing yesterday.

The reporters had asked if the US feared it would affect religious freedom in India, the State Department official responded by saying that they were concerned about it and will closely monitor the situation.

“We are concerned about the notification of the Citizenship (Amendment) Act on March 11. We are closely monitoring this Act – how this Act will be implemented,” State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller told reporters at his daily briefing.

“Respect for religious freedom and equal treatment under the law for all communities are fundamental democratic principles,” he added.

However, India on Friday reacted to the US comments saying that the US State  Department’s statements were “misplaced, misinformed and unwarranted.”

“The CAA is about giving citizenship, not about taking away citizenship. It addresses the issue of statelessness, provides human dignity and supports human rights,” the Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson said this afternoon.

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