US, India officials meet to smooth out diplomatic strains
WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - Senior US and Indian diplomats met in Washington to discuss strains in relations over the arrest of a senior Indian consular official in New York last month on charges of visa fraud.
The meeting between US Deputy Secretary of State William Burns and India's Ambassador to the US Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday "committed to moving forward to resume cooperation on the broad range of bilateral issues before us," the State Department said in a statement.
The meeting was the first since Dr Devyani Khobragade, 39, who was India's deputy consul-general in New York, was effectively expelled from the United States on Jan. 10 after a month-long dispute between the two countries over her arrest on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her housekeeper.
Her arrest and subsequent strip search provoked an outcry in India over her treatment by US authorities. India removed security barriers near the US Embassy in New Delhi and ordered the embassy to close a club frequented by American expatriates and other residents.