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Singapore Diplomat Calls India ‘Stupid’, According To WikiLeaks
Singapore’s Ambassador at Large criticized India and its foreign policy in Asia during a meeting with US diplomats.
PRESS TRUST OF INDIA | Sunday | 12 December 2010
SINGAPORE—A top Singaporean diplomat described India as “stupid”, saying the country was “half in, half out” of the Association of South East Asian Nations (Asean) grouping, according to leaked US cables.
The whistle-blower website WikiLeaks released several US State Department cables that contained controversial comments by senior Singaporean foreign affairs officials on India and other Asian allies like Malaysia, Thailand and Japan.
The cables containing comments made during Singaporean diplomats’ meetings with senior US officials such as deputy secretary of defence for East Asia Mr David Sedney between 2008 and last year were exclusively leaked to Australia’s Fairfax Media Group.
Singapore’s ambassador at large Mr. Tommy Koh first slammed Japan’s foreign policy, and then turned toward India.
Mr. Koh was “equally merciless towards India, describing his ’stupid Indian friends’ as ‘half in, half out’ of Asean,” a leaked cable said.
Asean, in which India has an observer status is made up of Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Singapore’s foreign affairs ministry expressed deep concern over the damaging actions of WikiLeaks. The “selective release of documents, especially when taken out of context, will only serve to sow confusion and fail to provide a complete picture of the important issues that were being discussed amongst leaders in the strictest (norm) of confidentiality,” a ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the ‘Straits Times’.
This is an extract from a longer report by the Indian wire service.
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