“There is no change in policy, there is no editing error," State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki said on Friday when asked about the omission of Modi’s name from State Department’s congressionally mandated report.

"The 2013 Human Rights Report focuses on events that took place between January and December," she said.

"We generally provide updates on significant developments that occurred during the reporting period related to events included in past reports,” she added.

Psaki further said, “So obviously, our position with respect to the 2002 communal violence is clear and has been thoroughly documented in our Human Rights reports over time, including the most recent report.”

“Our goal is to use illustrative cases to shed light on the nature, scope and severity of human rights abuses we report, not to comprehensively catalogue every human rights violation or abuse that occurred,” she added.

Psaki said it is not an indication of a change in policy.

“Starting last November, Ambassador Powell has shared and listened to the views of many on US-India relationship," she said.

“I am not going to outline every meeting or confirm every meeting but I can assure you that her engagement is broad,” she added.

Psaki also cited Assistant Secretary of State Nisha Biswal's upcoming visit to India in this context. She, however, did not make it clear whether Biswal would be meeting any leader of other political parties before the elections.

When asked about the purpose of talking economic cooperation with the government before the elections, Psaki said, “There are a range of officials and leaders who are engaged in economic cooperation, including business leaders, NGOs.”

“This is an important part of our relationship with India. So, it is no surprise that she would (Biswal) be taking a look at our long-term interests," Psaki said.


Latest News from World News Desk