US secretary of State John Kerry expresses 'regret' over the arrest of Devyani Khobragade
Taking a step forward to defuse the spark that has been ignited on December 12, by arresting Devyani Khobragade on charges of visa fraud. The US secretary of State John Kerry called up India's National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon, to discuss the issue. Kerry has also expressed his regrets over the arrest of the diplomat and the way she was treated in the custody.
India has been very proactive in Devyani's issue and has taken back some of the special privileges provided to US Diplomats in India, and one of them was removing the security barriers at the US Embassy in New Delhi. The secretary on Wednesday also raised this issue of security of US diplomats in India during the conversation. The White House has also assured that the incident is looked into and appropriate procedure will be followed.
After the telephonic conversation between Kerry and Menon, Marie Harf, State Department Deputy Spokesperson in a media statement said, “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,” reported Times of India.
The White House Press Secretary Jay Carney in a press meet talked about the friendship between India and America and said that every opportunity for courtesy was extended towards the Indian Diplomat. “We understand that this is a sensitive issue for many in India, and we are looking into the intake procedures surrounding this arrest to ensure that all standard procedures were followed and that every opportunity for courtesy was extended.”
Canary also said that, US President Barack Obama has been briefed on this issue, and he also ensured that the safety and security of the diplomats and consular officials in the field is a top priority. When asked about the futuristic relationship between India and America, he said, “We continue to work with India to ensure that all of our diplomats and consular officials are being afforded full rights and protections under the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.”