Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Thursday said that it has taken note of comments of the US State Department on ongoing farmers' protest in India.
Addressing a press briefing, MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastav said that any protests in India must be seen in the context of country's democratic ethos and polity and the efforts of the government and the concerned farmer groups to resolve the impasse.
“It is important to see such comments in the context in which they were made and in their entirety,” he said, highlighting that the US State Department has acknowledged steps being taken by India towards agricultural reforms.
“India and the United States are both vibrant democracies with shared values. The incidents of violence and vandalism at the historic Red Fort on January 26 have evoked similar sentiments and reactions in India as did the incidents on the Capitol Hill on January 6 and are being addressed as per our respective local laws,” he added.
On internet restrictions at the protest sites along the border, the MEA said, "The temporary measures with regard to internet access in certain parts of the NCR region were therefore understandably undertaken to prevent further violence,”
This comes after the State Department on Wednesday said the US encourages that any differences between the parties be resolved through dialogue.
"In general, the United States welcomes steps that would improve the efficiency of India's markets and attract greater private sector investment,“ a State Department spokesperson said.
"We recognise that peaceful protests are a hallmark of any thriving democracy and note that the Indian Supreme Court has stated the same," he added.