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U.S. Lawmakers Invite Modi to Visit UN

A touring U.S. legislature commission on Thursday invited the chief minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, to the United States, disregard the fact that Washington has withheld him a visa since 2005 because of virulent religious riots.

The invitation was a emblematic victory for Modi, a favorite but factious Hindu nationalist leader who is broadly seen as harboring aspirations to become prime minister in 2014 and has been attempting to win greater global acceptance.

Even so, the offer from Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives is not possible to influence whether he finally receives a visa from the State Department, which said such invitations have "no bearing" on their judgement.

Modi is suspect by critics of not doing adequate to stop or of even softly promotive riots in 2002 in which at least 1,000 people, chiefly Muslims, were killed. He has denied the pleadings but they have cast a shadow over his political aspirations and for years he was avoided by the West.

Indian media proverb Thursday's visit by Representatives Aaron Schock, Cathy McMorris-Rodgers and Cynthia Lummis as a public relations takeover for Modi, who has been trying to gear up an image of a statesman. He speedily tweeted that the legislature delegation had lauded his leading abilities.

It was the advanced level U.S. commission to meet Modi since the riots, an official in Modi's office said. The United States has preserved links with his governance at a consular level. U.S. companies such as Ford Motor Co. (F.N) have major dealings in Gujarat.

The matter of human rights was not talked about during the 90-minute meeting, an official in Modi's office said. There was no proximate comment from the State Department but Robert Blake, the U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia, told in February that the United States was not seeing its policy towards Modi.

"Visa determinations for all respective are objected in U.S. law and made by the Department of State on a case-by-case basis," said a U.S. State Department spokeswoman. "An invitation from a U.S. lawgiver has no heading on any decision respecting potential visas." The lawmakers' journey came week after a British foreign minister met Modi in Gujarat, the most high-profile meeting by a British official since the nation ended its boycott of Modi in October. Modi has also been got invitation to a term of the European Parliament, his website said.

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