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