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India: Chuck Hagel's Views Not Based in 'Reality'

8:25 AM, Feb 26, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Adam Kredo reports that the Indian embassy in Washington says Chuck Hagel's views are not based in reality:

The Embassy of India chided secretary of defense nominee Chuck Hagel late Monday for suggesting in a previously unreleased 2011 speech that India has “for many years” sponsored terrorist activities against Pakistan in Afghanistan.

“India has over the years financed problems for Pakistan” in Afghanistan, Hagel said during a 2011 address on Afghanistan at Oklahoma’s Cameron University, according to video of the speech obtained by the Free Beacon.

A spokesperson for the Embassy of India told the Washington Free Beacon that Hagel’s remarks are not grounded in “reality.”

“Such comments attributed to Senator Hagel, who has been a long-standing friend of India and a prominent votary of close India-U.S. relations, are contrary to the reality of India’s unbounded dedication to the welfare of the Afghan people,” the spokesperson said to the Free Beacon in an email.

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