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US Pressuring India To Weaken Its Foreign Policy, Says CPI-M

PTI 17 Dec 2010, 21:13:13 IST
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New Delhi, Dec 17: The CPI(M) today said the WikiLeaks latest release in which the US Embassy in New Delhidescribed Prakash Karat as an "extortionist" confirmed its apprehension that Washington was pressurising New Delhi to weaken its independent foreign policy.

"It confirms our apprehension that the US was pressurising India to weaken and destroy its independent foreign policy," party leader Nilotpal Basu told PTI.

The US embassy was critical of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and described Karat as an "extortionist" in a cable that discussed the political scenario in November 2007 -- days before the Indo-US nuclear agreement was to be debated and voted in Parliament.

The cable says: "The Congress party, led by Sonia Gandhi, has proven especially cautious and nervous in the face of recent extortionist tactics by Prakash Karat. With two huge confrontations in its future -- Parliament and Gujarat -- it will remain true to its cautious form by seeking first to gauge its levels of support before finally being forced -- if absolutely needed -- to take action." PTI