The United States ambassador to India, Richard Verma, apologised on Friday to actor Shah Rukh Khan for his brief detention at the Los Angeles airport that sparked outrage in India.
Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) August 12, 2016
The bollywood star thanked the US ambassador, saying he didn’t mind following protocol but called the detention “a tad inconvenient”.
No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It’s just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern. https://t.co/zQspvxnXsl— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
The exchange came hours after a US State Department official Nisha Biswal also tweeted to Khan saying she was “sorry for the hassle” but pointing out that US diplomats also faced such situations.
No hassle ma’m.Respect the protocol,not expecting to b above it. Appreciate ur graciousness, its just inconvenient. https://t.co/7QFatghuuu— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
Indian government sources expressed frustration at Khan being stopped again without any reason but it wasn’t clear whether the actor was let go after government intervention.