US to withdraw diplomat from India, hopes row closed now
A US diplomat in India is leaving the country at India's request in a dispute over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York, the US state department said on Friday.Updated: Jan 11, 2014 00:15 IST
A US diplomat in India is leaving the country at India's request in a dispute over the arrest of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade in New York, the US state department said on Friday.
State department spokesperson Jen Psaki said the US deeply regretted India’s decision to “expel” one of its diplomats, but it hopes a “closure” has now reached been on the Khobragade issue.
"We deeply regret that the Indian government felt it was necessary to expel one of our diplomatic personnel," Psaki said in Washington.
"This has clearly been a challenging time in the US-India relationship. We expect and hope that this will now come to closure and the Indians will take significant steps with us to improve our relationship and return it to a more constructive place," she added.
Psaki added that a warrant of arrest was issued for her when she left, but gave no details directing questions to Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara’s office.
A spokesperson for Bharara's office, however, said no warrant had been issued for the diplomat’s arrest.
Psaki also said Khobragade was told before leaving that her name will now be put in the department’s look-out database for the purpose of processing her visa application should she apply.
(With inpurts from agencies)
First Published: Jan 11, 2014 00:14 IST