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India Softens Tone on Devyani Khobragade Case

  • By PTI

  • Dec 20, 2013
  • NEW DELHI, India

    External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Friday refused to comment on the U.S.’ refusal to withdraw charges against Devyani Khobragade.

    “We will find a solution to the issue,” he said.

    When asked about bilateral ties with the U.S., Khurshid said. “As we deal with each other we have to keep entire gamut of our bilateral relationship in mind.”

    Khurshid further added that “It is important to preserve the relationship between India and U.S.”

    India still maintained its demand for a categorical apology from the United States, but softened its tone considerably and did not repeat its demand for charges against the diplomat to be withdrawn.

    “No formalities will be acceptable to us. They (U.S.) should tender a clear apology. We will not accept this conduct against India under any circumstances. The U.S. has to understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters separately.

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