A day after London Mayor Sadiq Khan called for an official apology from the UK government on the 1919 Jallianwala Bagh massacre, the UK Foreign Office stopped short of apologising but instead ‘rightly condemned’ the ‘deeply shameful act’. The statement comes after Khan’s visit to Amritsar on Thursday where he said the British government should apologise for the mass killing.
The Foreign Office invoked former British Prime Minister David Cameron’s views on the issue after Khan sought an apology. “As the former Prime Minister said when he visited the Jallianwala Bagh in 2013, the massacre was a deeply shameful act in British history and one that we should never forget. It is right that we pay respect to those who lost their lives and remember what happened. The British Government rightly condemned the events at the time,” the UK Foreign Office said in a statement.
Cameron’s Conservative-party led government had fallen short of a formal apology for the Jallianwala Bagh massacre during a visit to Amritsar by Cameron in 2013. During his visit, Cameron had said it would be wrong to “reach back into history” and apologise for the wrongs of British colonialism.
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