No automatic visa for Modi as PM: US

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Washington: in context of granting a visa to BJP leader Narendra Modi, US state department spokesperson Jen Psaki has said the heads of state and government are eligible for A1 visas and no individual automatically qualifies for an American visa.

Refusing to go into details, Psaki refrained from responding to direct questions on Modi visa issue, except for saying that the US looks forward to working with new Indian government.

The US government had revoked a visa that Modi had for travelling to the US on the ground of alleged human rights violations after the Gujarat riots.