Soon after India threatened Amazon that Visa will not be granted to any Amazon official, if the online company did not withdraw an Indian flag themed doormat from its Canadian website, the e-commerce website removed the Tricolor doormats from the online marketplace.
A spokesperson for Amazon based at its headquarters in Seattle contacted The Washington Post to say that the doormat was no longer for sale on its website.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said that Amazon has to tender an unconditional apology and withdraw all products, which are insulting the tricolor, otherwise no Amazon official will be getting an Indian visa.
"Amazon has to tender an unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately," the External Affairs Minister said in a tweet.
"If this is not done immediately, we will not grant an Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier," she said.
Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL were the two vendors who featured the Indian flag themed doormats on Amazon Canada.
Doormats featuring the Indian flag were made available on Amazon Canada site by two vendors -- Mayers Flag Doormats and XLYL.
An image of the doormat was tweeted to Sushma Swaraj, after which she asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to raise the issue with Amazon.
"Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level," the Minister tweeted.