For the safety of our High Commissioners and Embassies abroad, this topic is taken up again. Whenever we have a concern in which we feel that there will be some activities that may harm our interest, we raise it.
On the vandalism of Indian missions in various countries by Khalistanis, the Foreign Ministry said India would like to see action rather than just reassurances, adding that it hoped foreign governments would act and prosecute those involved. Addressing the weekly press briefing, Foreign Ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi said in response to a question about the vandalism of the Indian High Commission in London and the Indian High Consulate in San Francisco that, in security issues, whenever we believe that there is something related to the issue is for the security of our High Commissions and Embassies abroad, this issue is raised. Whenever we have a concern in which we feel that there will be some activities that may harm our interest, we raise it.
You may have seen particularly in London and at least in San Francisco, we have vigorously addressed the issue of vandalism and attacks on our missions there. You must also have seen our statements about it. Bagchi further said India hopes host governments will take steps to identify and prosecute all those involved and also take necessary measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents. He also expected the government to provide full and adequate security for the Indian missions as well as the staff working there.
The MEA spokesperson said that I think his question was probably this, guarantee… yes. Look, on that element let’s say, I think we’re just not interested in guarantees. I guess we’d like to see action. So I’ll leave it at that. Earlier on March 19, a pro-Khalistan protester climbed onto the balcony of the Indian High Commission in London and lowered the national flag.
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