US Undersecretary for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman on Thursday called Foreign Secretary Sujatha Singh in an effort to find a solution to the diplomatic row over the arrest and strip-search of an Indian diplomat in New York, sources said.
According to sources, Sherman called Singh to find a resolution to the US-India stand-off over the humiliating treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York.
Khobragade was strip and cavity-searched following her arrest on charges of visa fraud and underpaying her maid.
Both sides Thursday discussed specific steps during which the statement by Manhattan's India-born US attorney Preet Bharara came up, defending his department's action against Khobragade.
It was learnt that Sherman distanced herself from Bharara's statement.