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US envoy headed home after India's 'revenge' expulsion

Published on Jan 11, 2014 4:46 PM
 
Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade (centre) leaves with her father Uttam Khobragade (left) from the Maharashtra Sadan state guesthouse to meet India's Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, on Jan 11, 2014. A US diplomat in New Delhi was headed for home on Saturday after being expelled in a bitter row over Ms Khobragade's arrest that has seriously strained ties between the two countries. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

NEW DELHI (AFP) - A US diplomat in New Delhi was headed for home on Saturday after being expelled in a bitter row over an Indian envoy's arrest that has seriously strained ties between the two countries.

The expulsion of the unidentified US embassy official was splashed over newspaper front pages along with photos of the Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade arriving in New Delhi late on Friday, her palms pressed together in a traditional Indian greeting.

"I am really thankful for all your support. My government will speak for me, my lawyers will speak for me," Ms Khobragade, 39, who has left her husband and two children behind in the United States, told reporters on Saturday.

The United States said late on Friday that it "deeply regrets" India's expulsion of the US embassy official and wanted to mend a partnership that Washington hopes could be a bulwark against China's growing might.

 
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