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Updated: December 23, 2013 02:51 IST
Diplomatic arrest row

It’s for U.S. to resolve controversy, says Khurshid

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External Affairs Minister on Sunday said “World keeps moving forward, world never dies, world never stops. Something will happen.” File photo
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External Affairs Minister on Sunday said “World keeps moving forward, world never dies, world never stops. Something will happen.” File photo

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Sunday put the onus of resolving the row over charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade on the United States, asking it to “do something”.

Meanwhile, Ms. Khobragade, who was Deputy Counsel-General when she was arrested and searched in New York, could get a reprieve from court procedures after she was transferred to the United Nations as a full diplomat.

The U.N. on Sunday confirmed it had received a letter from India’s Permanent Mission about Ms. Khobragade’s enrolment at the world body.

Sources are hoping the U.S. will be able to process the U.N. request to provide full diplomatic status to her on Monday before the shutdown for Christmas begins.

The Union government’s deadline expires on Monday for all staffers of the U.S. Embassy and its allied institutions here to submit their diplomatic cards.

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This is strange to say the least. Its Indian establishment that upped
the ante on this. So its our responsibility to tone it down.
If our politicians had acted with any sense of maturity, they would
not have made bombastic statements.
It sure seems Mr. Khurshid has to eat his words & return to Parliament
or not at all.

As for as I have seen threats don't work very well with any one ,
especially US. In fact it makes US more belligerent. Indian
establishment should have known that .

from:  R. Sridhar
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 05:01 IST

I wish US had exercised some restraint in prosecuting Khobragade, even if she had been in violation of law and found other ways to handle this issue - such as ejecting her from US with prospect of re-entry.
I am not surprised that these practices take place in the Indian diplomatic services. However, It seems like US has double standards when it comes to what rules apply to their citizens who are in other countries as opposed to how they apply their laws to citizen of other countries in the US. Does the US realize how draconian some of the laws in other countries could be and how slow the judicial system works?

To avoid straining this critical link between countries, all countries need to redefine what actions will be taken for second tier diplomatic staff.

from:  Venkatesh
Posted on: Dec 23, 2013 at 01:42 IST

Back pedaling now, are we, Mr. Khursid? About time you started calming down and talking
sense. This mess largely your doing. You are in-charge of policies governing payment to consular employees' wages abroad. You should have ensured that the servants are paid per prevailing wages in host countries. You cannot in the same context, say "we are an emerging power, and we demand our due!" And also wring your hands and say "wages in the US are high and we cannot pay our consular domestic help prevailing wages abroad". If
you wanted to be on par with a developed nation on their soil, pay your people accordingly. It is the right thing to do and in the long run far less costly than this mess resulting from you poorly designed compensation policy.

from:  Swathi
Posted on: Dec 22, 2013 at 21:58 IST
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