India should respect the promise it made in 2010 to open embassies in three more Latin American nations, a group of Ambassadors has urged Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale.
A senior diplomat from the region told
that these countries were awaiting action on India’s promise, especially after Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced plans to open new missions in Africa.
“We reminded him [Mr. Gokhale] of the announcement of 2010 in view of the news of India planning new missions in different parts of the world, and we gave him copies of media clippings. We said if you are opening embassies in other parts of the world, then please fulfil your promise to us as well,” the diplomat said of the meeting with the Foreign Secretary on June 12.
The diplomat said Shashi Tharoor, Minister of State for External Affairs in the UPA Ministry, announced in the Dominican Republic that India would open missions in that country, Ecuador and Uruguay. “These three countries have opened diplomatic missions in India, but India has not reciprocated the gesture,” he said.
He said the demand for more Indian missions had intensified after Prime Minister Modi announced during his July visit to Africa that India would open 18 more embassies on the continent by 2021. “The Foreign Secretary had spoken about the Indian focus on Africa and how the ties are getting attention from the Prime Minister’s Office and said he would look into our demand for similar missions. A couple of weeks later, he said the issue of opening more embassies in Latin America is also being considered,” the diplomat said.
“India does not have missions in Uruguay, Paraguay, Bolivia, Ecuador, Costa Rica and El Salvador, though they have missions in India.”
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