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John Kerry calls Shivshankar Menon, expresses regret on treatment of Devyani Khobragade

Thursday, 19 December 2013 - 8:01am IST | Agency: PTI

US Secretary of State John Kerry today spoke to National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and expressed regret over the arrest and strip-search of senior Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York last week.

"In his conversation with National Security Advisor Menon, he expressed his regret, as well as his concern that we not allow this unfortunate public issue to hurt our close and vital relationship with India," the State Department said in a statement after the telephonic conversation between Kerry and Menon.

The statement quoted Kerry as telling Menon that "as a father of two daughters about the same age as Devyani Khobragade, the Secretary empathises with the sensitivities we are hearing from India about the events that unfolded after Ms. Khobragade's arrest".

"The Secretary understands very deeply the importance of enforcing our laws and protecting victims, and, like all officials in positions of responsibility inside the US government, expects that laws will be followed by everyone here in our country," the State Department said.

Kerry said it is "particularly important" that foreign diplomats serving in the United States are accorded respect and dignity "just as we expect our own diplomats should receive overseas", according to the statement. 


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