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Do something to end spat, India tells US

New Delhi, Dec 21, 2013, DHNS:
diplomat Devyani Khobragade Reuters image

India on Sunday said the United States must “do something” to end the row triggered by the arrest of its diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York.

With the deadline set by New Delhi for the US diplomats, consular officials and members of their families to return the identity cards issued by the Indian government ending on Monday, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said that he was hopeful that something would happen for the “satisfactory conclusion” of the episode.

Khobragade, who is now out on bail, has sought waiver from pre-trial procedure. New Delhi has already initiated the process to shift her to the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations to ensure greater immunity cover for her. India’s Permanent Representative to United Nations, Ashoke Mukerjee, has written to the Secretary-General of the international organisation, Ban Ki-moon, seeking accreditation for Khobragade as the new counsellor joining the mission of India.

“World keeps moving forward, world never stops. Something will happen,” Khurshid told PTI on Sunday.

New Delhi had demanded that the US must apologise for the humiliation of Khobragade and drop the charges against her. Though Washington publicly rejected New Delhi’s demands, the diplomats of the two countries are understood to be engaged in talks to find ways to resolve the situation.

US State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki welcomed the Indian External Affairs Minister’s statement that the relation between the countries was valuable. “They (the US) must do something. Welcoming is not enough,” Khurshid said on Sunday.


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