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Arab envoys call on Gadkari to gauge BJP ‘thinking’

Twnety envoys of Arab countries called on BJP president Nitin Gadkari on 8 November in an apparent attempt to engage with the party and figure out its agenda in case the BJP wins the next general elections.

Gadkari hosted 16 ambassadors and four other envoys from the countries at his residence for a discussion they had sought on issues such as the BJP’s plans for the next parliamentary session, its agenda on the external front and the BJP’s outlook towards the Arab world.

The envoys represented Djibouti, Qatar, Bahrain, Somalia, the UAE, Palestine, Kuwait, Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Yemen, Jordan, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, League of Arab States, Lebanon, Libya and Oman.

Gadkari is believed to have referred to the Atal Bihari Vajpayee-led NDA’s government’s policies and assured them that the BJP maintains the same outlook towards the region.

Sources said he also impressed upon the envoys that “vested political interests” had branded the BJP “anti-minorities” while the party firmly believed in “social harmony”. Gadkari is learnt to have stressed that none of the policies of the NDA regime had been anti-minority, nor had any of the BJP-ruled states adopted anti-minority policies. The envoys reportedly apprised Gadkari about the developments in Syria and Sudan, seeking the BJP’s support for the ‘Arab Cause’.

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 16-31 December 2012 on page no. 13

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