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MEA edits Krishna’s Afghanistan ‘neighbour’ comment

MEA edited its minister S M Krishna’s statement that India and Afghanistan are “not immediate neighbours”.

The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Wednesday edited its minister S M Krishna’s statement that India and Afghanistan are “not immediate neighbours”.

During the joint press interaction with US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday,Krishna had said,“Afghanistan though not our immediate neighbour,but we have fraternal relationship with Afghanistan.”

The MEA’s editing stemmed from New Delhi’s position that Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India. So,though for all practical reasons there is no common border with Afgh-anistan,but according to the India’s official position,it does share the border on the northern tip of Kashmir. In fact,this view of the government prompts the authorities to routinely stamp or paste a sticker on international magazines or publications which depict Kashmir to be part of Pakistan. The stamp says the map is not a correct representation of the Indian territory.

While the MEA put out the transcript of the press conference on its website on Tuesday,it edited out the comment on Wednesday. It now reads: “We have fraternal relationship with Afghanistan.” However,the unedited transcript was uploaded on the websites of the US Embassy and US State Department.

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First published on: 21-07-2011 at 03:54:59 am
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