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India says US could have avoided "mini-crisis," more to be done

Published on Jan 11, 2014 9:51 PM
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Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (right) and her father Uttam Khobragade talk to unidentified guests at the Maharashtra Sadan state guesthouse after their meeting with India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, on Jan 11, 2014. India on Saturday blamed the United States for a "mini crisis" over the arrest and strip search of an Indian envoy, and said more work was needed to repair ties a day after the withdrawal of diplomats seemed to draw a line under the row. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

NEW DELHI (REUTERS) - India on Saturday blamed the United States for a "mini crisis" over the arrest and strip search of an Indian envoy, and said more work was needed to repair ties a day after the withdrawal of diplomats seemed to draw a line under the row.

Devyani Khobragade, 39, who was India's deputy consul-general in New York, was arrested in December on charges of visa fraud and lying to US authorities about what she paid her housekeeper.

Khobragade's arrest and strip-search provoked protests in India and dealt a serious blow to US efforts to strengthen ties.

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the United States should have warned senior officials visiting Washington a day before Khobragade's arrest by State Department security in December.

 
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