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The US Ambassador to India, Eric Garcetti, stated that religious freedom is a crucial component of any democracy and that New Delhi and Washington might occasionally “agree to disagree” on certain issues; however, this should not be interpreted negatively.

A prior statement from the US State Department stated that it is “concerned” about the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) notification in India and that it is “closely monitoring” the act’s implementation.

Garcetti stated, “It’s something that we monitor,” in an interview with ANI. Furthermore, I mentioned in general terms how crucial religious freedom is to any democracy. Minority protection is incredibly vital. It’s not necessary to interpret something negatively.”

It is, in my opinion, the responsibility to keep an eye on events. That’s what an ambassador does. That is what a state department is for. Monitoring and reporting are the responsibilities of both the Indian ambassador and the Ministry of External Affairs. And we just said that,” he continued.

He went on to say that the US also has a “tonne of flaws” and is subject to criticism, but he emphasised the significance of establishing common international law and honouring the unique history of each nation.

We are very close buddies. It’s really considerate. It’s okay for us to disagree occasionally and carry on with our business; however, we shouldn’t take it personally. This is nothing to get personal about. Of course, as I frequently say, I open up the United States.

He continued, “But I believe that finding a common international law that all of us can support, work to apply equitably, and appreciate the unique history of each nation is what’s most vital for us all to do. Additionally, the more information you have, the more equipped you are to make comments while keeping an eye on things.”

The Ministry of External Affairs vehemently objected to the US’s remarks on the CAA earlier this month, calling them “misplaced, misinformed, and unwarranted.”

At a weekly press briefing, MEA spokesperson Randhir Jaiswal stated that anyone with a “limited understanding of India’s pluralistic traditions” had to refrain from making comments about “internal matters” pertaining to the country.

Rules for the implementation were notified by the Union Home Ministry.

Those who meet the requirements of CAA-2019 are entitled to apply for Indian citizenship under the Citizenship (Amendment) Rules, 2024. Applications must be submitted entirely online through a website that the government has set up.

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