Mumbai: Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s three-day visit to India for an annual summit with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on December 15 to 17 has been delayed due to a deteriorating security situation in Guwahati, the planned venue of the meeting.
According to Japan’s Jiji Press, it was previously reported that Abe was considering canceling his trip to India as the security situation in Guwahati deteriorated, however, reports have emerged saying that the visit may be delayed.
Assam has been staging massive protests for the last two days over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, with thousands of people defying the curfew and taking to the streets demanding the abolition of the bill.
Yesterday, Foreign Ministry spokesman Ravish Kumar, when asked if the government would proceed with the India-Japan annual summit in Guwahati from December 15-17, said he did not have any updates to share.
Earlier, Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen and Home Minister canceled their visits to India in the wake of the protest in the northeastern states. Bangladesh Home Minister Khan was scheduled to visit Meghalaya for an event on December 13.