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Omar questions removal of US embassy security barriers

IANS  Jammu, December 18, 2013
First Published: 13:38 IST(18/12/2013) | Last Updated: 12:12 IST(19/12/2013)

Welcoming withdrawal of privileges to the US embassy officials in New Delhi, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah has, however, cautioned this should not lead to compromising the security of the US embassy in New Delhi.

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Reacting to India's response to the inhuman treatment meted out by the US to an Indian diplomat, Omar Abdullah said on his micro blogging Twitter site, "By all means withdraw all the special privileges bestowed on the US embassy in Delhi. Security has to be above political/diplomatic scraps."

"I'm all for reciprocity but removal of US embassy security barriers is taking things too far. These barriers weren't a privilege, were they?"

The India-US relations touched a new low when Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade was arrested, hand-cuffed, allegedly strip searched and locked up with drug addicts after allegations of visa fraud.


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