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Kerry ‘regrets’ diplomat treatment as India seethes

Published on Dec 19, 2013 2:38 AM
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People walk past the Indian Mission to the United Nations building in New York on Dec 18, 2013.  India has transferred Devyani Khobragade, a deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate in New York whose arrest led to a diplomatic row between the two countries, to the Indian Mission to the United Nations for full diplomatic immunity. The United States on Wednesday voiced regret to India over the treatment of Ms Khobragade. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States on Wednesday voiced regret to India over the treatment of a diplomat whose account of being stripped and cavity-searched triggered outrage.

With New Delhi vowing to “restore the dignity” of diplomat Devyani Khobragade at any price, Indian media reported that the 39-year-old was being moved from her post as deputy consul general in New York to the UN mission in a bid to thwart her prosecution.

As anger boiled in normally US-friendly India and the government retaliated against US diplomats, Secretary of State John Kerry tried to end the row in a telephone call with India’s national security advisor Shivshankar Menon.

“As a father of two daughters about the same age as Devyani Khobragade, the secretary empathizes with the sensitivities we are hearing from India about the events that unfolded after Ms. Khobragade’s arrest,” a State Department statement said.

 
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