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Washington seeks to defuse row over Indian diplomat

Published on Dec 20, 2013 7:19 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States (US) sought on Thursday to end a row with close ally India over the arrest of a diplomat, with the State Department's top officials calling their Indian counterparts for the third time in two days.

"What we're focused on now ... is working to move the relationship forward," State Department deputy spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters.

She spoke after State Department number three Wendy Sherman called Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh and "both parties affirmed our intent to keep working through this complex issue", Ms Harf said.

The two women had already spoken on Wednesday, when top US diplomat John Kerry tried to end the row in a telephone call to India's national security adviser Shivshankar Menon.

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