Devyani Khobragade, deputy consul general at the Indian Consulate leaving federal court.

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid snubs American counterpart Secretary of State John Kerry

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Newz66.com Bureau | Thursday, December 19th, 2013

External affairs minister Salman Khurshid told news persons on Thursday that he had received a call from his American counterpart Secretary of State John Kerry last night but he was not available at that time to take it and that is the reason the US secretary of state talked to the national security advisor.

“I was not available when John Kerry called. We are trying to lock a time for a call this evening or may be tomorrow. Kerry is in the Philippines and there is a huge time difference,” he said.

Though Khurshid said he was not available to take Kerry’s call, speculation is that the call was not taken by the minister to show India’s unhappiness over the case against its diplomat and the way she was treated.

Noting that the case (against Khobragade) does not “deserve to be pursued” and should be withdrawn unconditionally, he said, “Our relationship has a lot of investment, it is an irreversible matter and we have to deal with it sensibly,” The minister said.

Kerry had last night called up national security advisor Shivshankar Menon and expressed regret over the treatment meted out to Khobragade.

India on Thursday demanded that the case against its senior diplomat Devyani Khobragade, arrested and strip-searched in New York on charges of visa fraud, should be dropped unconditionally. Ministry of external affairs says, “It needs to be asked what right a foreign govt has to evacuate our citizens from India while cases are pending against them on Indian soil.”

with inputs from PTI

 

 

 

 

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