Greta Thunberg's Comments On Farmers' Protests Not Bilateral Issue Between India, Sweden: Ministry

Greta Thunberg's Comments On Farmers' Protests Not Bilateral Issue Between India, Sweden: Ministry

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Greta Thunberg last month said, "We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India," on Twitter

Young Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg's recent comments on the farmers' protests in India do not form a bilateral issue between India and Sweden, and the matter did not come up during an online summit between the prime ministers of the two countries on Friday, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

At a special briefing after the summit, Vikas Swarup, Secretary (West) in the ministry, was asked whether the issue of Ms Thunberg's comments on the farmers' protest was taken up by India with Sweden during the meeting.

"The answer is no. This is not a bilateral issue between India and Sweden," Mr Swarup said.

Last month, Ms Thunberg had taken to Twitter to say, "We stand in solidarity with the #FarmersProtest in India."

This was followed by another tweet a day later, in which she shared "a toolkit for those who want to help".

While a number of international celebrities, including pop star Rihanna, had also tweeted in support of the farmers' protests, which entered its 100th day on Friday, the ''toolkit'' matter became a major issue with the Delhi Police later registering FIRs against several people for allegedly trying to tarnish India''s image.

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