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India's Foreign Minister slams 'unacceptable' surveillance by the US

Published on Jul 31, 2014 11:16 PM
US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) greets Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in New Delhi on July 31, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - India's Foreign Minister told her visiting counterpart John Kerry on Thursday that United States surveillance of an ally was "unacceptable" following allegations that Washington's National Security Agency targeted the ruling party.

"I raised this issue and even told them that when the news came out in the Indian media, people were angry," Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj said at a joint press conference with Mr Kerry. "I also told them that if we consider each other friendly countries, it is unacceptable that a friendly country spies on other friendly nations."

A classified document made public by the Washington Post earlier this month showed that India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was among authorised targets for the NSA in 2010 while it was in opposition.

The revelations prompted India to summon the top diplomat from the American embassy to register a protest. The previous Congress government also complained to the US twice last year over other surveillance revelations, including the disclosure that its UN mission in New York and its Washington embassy were snooped on.

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