Can­celled visit

The Financial Express - - OPINION -

Pres­i­dent Pranab Mukher­jee’s visit to Ger­many, Lux­em­bourg and Cyprus was sched­uled from Septem­ber 14 to 20 and all prepa­ra­tions were in place, in­clud­ing se­lec­tion of the del­e­ga­tion. But, at the last minute, the trip had to be can­celled since Mukher­jee dis­cov­ered that Ger­man chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel would be out of the coun­try for the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly. Mukher­jee had planned the trip pri­mar­ily to ex­plain the Indian po­si­tion on the NSG to Ger­many, but with­out Merkel’s pres­ence, it would have been fruit­less. He re­jected the MEA’s pro­posal that he visit an­other coun­try in­stead. Tiny Lux­em­bourg, with a pop­u­la­tion of around 5,00,000, does not re­ceive many heads of states from ma­jor coun­tries and it had made elab­o­rate ar­range­ments for the aborted visit. Rash­tra­p­ati Bha­van wants to know how the goo­fup oc­curred, since the Pres­i­dent’s visit was planned well in ad­vance.

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