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Rajnath to address SAARC meet in Hindi

He is likely to raise the issue of detention of Tamil fishermen with Sri Lanka at the SAARC convention.

Written by Vijaita Singh | New Delhi | Published: September 15, 2014 12:58 am

After Prime Minister Narendra Modi, now Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh would address an international summit in Hindi. Singh, who would be attending the SAARC home ministers’ conference later this week in Nepal, would deliver his key address in Hindi, an official said.

This would be Singh’s first international conference after assuming the charge of home minister. He is likely to raise the issue of detention of Tamil fishermen with Sri Lanka at the SAARC convention from September 18 to 20. Tamil Nadu CM J Jayalalithaa has written multiple letters to Modi protesting Sri Lankan navy’s action against Indian fishermen. India would also raise the issue of terrorism, circulation of fake Indian currency notes, drug and human trafficking at the international platform.

Singh, who on September 1 had denied reports that he and his Pakistani counterpart Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan would hold a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the summit, in a changed stance last week had said, “If Pakistan responds properly, talks can be held.”

“While terrorism will be the prime agenda, the issue of Tamil fishermen will also be taken up by the government. The state CM has raised the issue at various levels and it has to be addressed,” said a senior official. Singh is also likely to have a separate meeting with Bamdev Gautam, Nepal’s Deputy PM, and also its Home Minister. Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami may accompany Singh.

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