Shinzo pulls out of sum­mit in In­dia

The Citizen (KZN) - - World - New Delhi

– A visit by Ja­panese Prime Min­is­ter Shinzo Abe to In­dia has been post­poned af­ter days of vi­o­lent protests in the north­east­ern city of Guwa­hati, where a sum­mit with Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi was to have been held.

“Both sides have de­cided to de­fer the visit to a mu­tu­ally con­ve­nient date in the near fu­ture,” In­dian for­eign min­istry spokesper­son Raveesh Ku­mar said in a state­ment.

The trip should have taken place from to­mor­row.

Guwa­hati in As­sam state is at the epi­cen­tre of re­cent demon­stra­tions, with two protesters shot dead on Thurs­day.

The In­dian par­lia­ment had passed con­tentious new cit­i­zen­ship leg­is­la­tion this week, which many be­lieve will give cit­i­zen­ship to im­mi­grants from neigh­bour­ing Bangladesh. – AFP

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