Japan PM Shinzo Abe likely to cancel Guwahati meet with PM Modi as Assam burns in anti-CAB protests
Japanese Prime Minister Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is considering cancelling his trip to India that is scheduled to begin on Sunday, Japan’s Jiji Press has reported. Shinzo Abe was to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Guwahati for the annual India-Japan summit on December 15.
However, following the violent protests in Guwahati that have brought the entire city and other parts of Assam to a standstill, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe is said to be reconsidering his visit.
The Union government on Thursday said that it doesn’t have any clarity on the fate of the Modi-Abe meet that was scheduled to take place in two days.
MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said on Thursday, “We don’t have any update to share.”
Last week, Raveesh Kumar announced that the summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe would take place between December 15 and 17. The event was expected to take place in Guwahati.
Asked whether the government is contemplating shifting the venue, Kumar said, “I am not in a position to clarify on it. I have no updates to offer.”
Assam has been witnessing massive protests in the last two days with thousands of people hitting the streets of Guwahati defying prohibitory orders to demand scrapping of the Citizenship Bill that has now become a law with the President’s assent.
At least two persons died due to bullet injuries on Thursday after police opened fire on protesters in Guwahati. On Wednesday, protesters pulled down hoardings erected in central Guwahati to welcome Abe.
According to a PTI report, a Japanese team visited Guwahati on Wednesday to take stock of the preparations.
Last year, Japan hosted the summit in picturesque Yamanashi prefecture during which both sides had resolved to significantly expand bilateral cooperation in a range of areas.
On Thursday, Bangladesh Foreign Minister Abdul Momen cancelled his three-day visit to India, a day after he termed as “untrue” Home Minister Amit Shah’s comments on persecution of religious minorities in Bangladesh.
External Affairs Ministry said Momen has conveyed to India about postponement of his visit from December 12-14 due to scheduling issues, and asserted that Shah referred to religious persecution in Bangladesh during the military rule and not under the current government.
(Source India today)