Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has called off her China visit that was to commence from today.
In a Facebook post, Banerjee has cited lack of confirmation by China of “political meetings at (the) appropriate level” as the reason for calling off the visit at the last moment. She has mentioned that until “yesterday, everything was going on well.”
The Bengal Chief Minister was to leave for Beijing via Singapore tonight leading an Indian delegation comprising bureaucrats, politicians, and industrialists. She was stay put in Beijing till the 27 June during the meeting with top authorities of the international department of the Communist Party of China was to take place.
After concluding her Beijing engagements, Banerjee was to visit Shanghai next and from there, return to Kolkata on 30 June.
In calling off her visit, the Bengal Chief Minister has, however, wished that the friendship between Indian and China should get strengthen further in the interest of both the countries.
Below is reproduced the full text of her Facebook post:
“In March this year, the Union Minister of External Affairs had recommended to me to kindly consider leading a delegation to China in the coming months under the Exchange Programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China.
In response, on April 2, 2018, I appreciated her recommendation for me to lead the delegation to China under the Exchange Programme.
I mentioned to her that “since the interest of my country is involved, I wish to visit China sometime during last week of June, 2018”.
Thereafter, in pursuance of the letters from Chief Secretary and the Ambassador of India in China, a programme was chalked out, based on which we planned our visit in the coming week.
Till yesterday, everything was going on well, but unfortunately, the Chinese side could not confirm the political meetings at appropriate level as informed by our Ambassador in China. Our Indian Ambassador in China requested time till today 12.00 noon of our time, which is 2.30 p.m. of China’s time for a confirmation to the political meetings, as proposed by the Indian Ambassador to the Chinese Authority.
It has now been intimated by our Ambassador in China that the political meetings at the appropriate level under the Exchange Programme could not be confirmed. Therefore, the purpose of my visit with a delegation to China under the Exchange Programme is of no use.
However, I wish the continuation of the friendship of India and China in the days to come and it should strengthen further in the interest of both the countries.”