Ahead of PM Modi's visit, US senators air concerns about human rights situation in India

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined ties between US and India in advance of PM Modi's address to Congress next month.

AP May 24, 2016 21:25:30 IST
Ahead of PM Modi's visit, US senators air concerns about human rights situation in India

Washington: US lawmakers say they are encouraged by growing defense cooperation with India but remain concerned about religious intolerance and slavery in the South Asian nation ahead of a visit by its prime minister.

Ahead of PM Modis visit US senators air concerns about human rights situation in India

A file photo of Narendra Modi. PTI

Members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee examined ties between the world's two largest democracies Tuesday in advance of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's address to Congress next month.

Committee chairman Sen. Bob Corker said it was essential that the US and India stand together to uphold democratic values and norms in the Indo-Pacific region as China seeks to gain greater influence.

But he voiced concern that about half of the estimated 27 million people in slavery in the world reside in India.

Other lawmakers complained about restrictions on market access to India.

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