The remarks got here after US President Donald Trump on Monday warned that his nation might “retaliate” if India didn’t export hydroxychloroquine drug, used for COVID-19 therapy, regardless of his private request.
- PTI New Delhi
- Last Updated: April 8, 2020, 3:59 PM IST
The Congress on Wednesday mentioned Prime Minister Narendra Modi shouldn’t succumb to threats and take any choice out of strain on the time of a well being disaster as it could set the unsuitable precedent in worldwide diplomacy.
The opposition occasion’s remarks got here after US President Donald Trump on Monday warned that his nation might “retaliate” if India didn’t export hydroxychloroquine drug, used for COVID-19 therapy, regardless of his private request.
On Tuesday, the federal government determined to partially carry the ban on export of the anti-malarial drug, paving the best way for its provide to the US and different nations hit by the coronavirus pandemic, saying India would export hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol on a case-by-case foundation to the nations which have already positioned orders for them after assembly home necessities.
Congress spokesperson Pawan Khera mentioned, “Foreign policy is apolitical and we are with the government on this. But, it should not take any decision out of fear or threats as it sends a wrong signal to the outside world”.
Addressing a press convention by means of video conferencing, Khera mentioned the prime minister shouldn’t take any step that goes towards the nation and its 130 crore residents as they’re his first duty whereas all the pieces else comes later.
Asserting that there was no place for threats in worldwide diplomacy, he mentioned, “Whether we should have buckled under pressure is something that history is watching”.
Khera mentioned India will not be used to the language of threats and permitting export of the life-saving drug units a unsuitable precedent.
“What is the kind of precedent we are trying to set when we buckle up under threats in this hour of crisis,” he requested.
The Congress chief mentioned the nation has a “tradition” of not succumbing to threats as Indira Gandhi had “shown some countries their place” once they threatened India throughout the battle for a separate Bangladesh.
“We expect our prime minister to learn from our rich traditions and history. We need to remind our prime minister that we should not be bogged down by threats, as we represent 130 crore Indians,” he mentioned.
“Please do not forget that our first responsibility is towards India and its 130 crore Indians, and everything else comes later,” he informed the PM.