India refrains from issuing demarche to US

India refrains from issuing demarche to US

India refrained from issuing a démarche to America on the killing of one of its citizens in Kansas, ostensibly to avert contributing to the clamour against President Donald Trump’s administration.

With the White House finally ending its silence on the killing of Indian information technology professional Srinivas Kuchibhotla in an apparent hate crime in Kansas on February 22, New Delhi on Tuesday dismissed reports that the Embassy of India in Washington D C had issued a démarche to the US State Department.

Though Trump drew flak from Democrats like Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for not speaking up against the killing, his press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said that early reports about the incident were ‘disturbing’.

The White House ended its silence on the incident just a day before India’s top diplomat — Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar — reached Washington DC to commence the first formal engagement with the Trump Administration.

“It is important to note that the US authorities are engaged with us on the larger concern regarding safety of Indians in the US, a matter which continues to receive the Government’s top priority,” Gopal Bagley, official spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs said in New Delhi on Tuesday.

Bagley noted that the US Embassy in New Delhi had on February 24 issued a ‘strong condemnation’ to the incident.

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