US Ambassador to India Kenneth I Juster mentioned Thursday that he was “very unhappy” to see the violence in Washington DC and described the storming of the US Capitol as a “horrific scene” that was “not America at its greatest”.
Chatting with The Indian Express throughout an in depth interview on his three-year stint in India, the outgoing US envoy additionally mentioned that lawlessness and rioting is “all the time unacceptable” and has no place in any democracy.
“It was very unhappy to see the information popping out of Washington, D.C. after we awoke on Thursday morning. Whereas protests in our nation are a part of our democracy, it’s unacceptable for there to be violence related to them, and the storming of the US Capitol was a horrific scene. This isn’t America at its greatest. Lawlessness and rioting in the US — or in any nation — is all the time unacceptable. It has no place in any democracy,” Juster mentioned.
The Ambassador’s feedback are vital as he’s a political appointee who was picked by the Trump administration for the job ultimately of 2017. Throughout his time period, the India-US relationship has reworked, particularly in defence, safety and power cooperation.
Talking about his India stint, Juster marked out three incidents as “low factors”: the Pulwama terrorist assault in February 2019, the desecration of the Mahatma Gandhi statue exterior the Indian Embassy in Washington DC final summer time, and the Galwan Valley incident during which 20 Indian troopers have been killed in violent clashes with Chinese language troops.
On the air strikes in Balakot, Juster mentioned that the US was involved about the potential for escalation.
“At any time when there’s a possible battle or an precise engagement, we’re all the time involved that one thing might escalate. And all events are hoping that there might be restraint proven and the state of affairs can de-escalate. That’s been our perspective with the border disputes with China — that folks wish to attempt to resolve the problems peacefully. Now, on terrorism points, it’s additionally understood that nations could have to take some responsive motion when that happens. If that’s the case, you’re hoping it might be proportionate to that incident,” he mentioned.
He additionally spoke in regards to the journey hosted by the Centre for diplomats to Jammu and Kashmir in January 2020, following the bifurcation of the state, and referred to as it an “necessary and beneficial” alternative. He mentioned that the US has publicly expressed its hope for restoration of full entry to the Web in J&Okay, and for the realisation of financial advantages which have been mentioned by all events.
In an virtually hour-long interview, Juster spoke in regards to the accomplishments throughout his tenure — from power to well being defence and safety cooperation, pushing the US as a vacation spot for jobs and schooling, and the event of Quad as a grouping — in addition to the challenges in commerce and funding, and India’s defence procurement from Russia.
However the envoy signalled that he was leaving on a cheerful be aware as he referred to as India “probably the most fascinating nation on this planet” and “many nations rolled-up into one”.
“As I replicate again on my time right here, I feel we now have achieved an amazing deal in every of these areas. What I’m most happy with is that I’ve been concerned on this relationship for twenty years in varied capacities, and I’ve seen it progress considerably from 12 months to 12 months. As I mentioned in my speech [on Tuesday], the previous 4 years have been a time of additional ambition and achievement. And I imagine that I’m leaving this partnership in a really robust place for the following Administration. As I mentioned beforehand, I imagine the US-India strategic partnership is powerful, constructive, and on an upward trajectory,” he mentioned.