Agencies, New Delhi
The Government today told Parliament that the US had agreed to negotiate India’s demand for dropping of all charges against Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.
Ms Khobragade had been arrested in New York on December 12 last on charges of visa fraud and making false statement.
‘’Dr Khobragade was handcuffed, strip-searched, fingerprinted by the US law enforcement authorities, who claimed it was part of their normal procedures, and was later released by the US court on bail,’’ Minister of State for External Affairs Preneet Kaur said in reply to a written question in the House.
She said although India had expressed serious concern and outrage at the incident, it was also recognised that India and US have a multi-faceted strategic partnership.
‘’Neither side sees this as a single issue relationship. For this reason, both sides have agreed to work to address the issue arising as a result of Dr Devyani Khobragade, including to negotiate India’s demand for the dropping of all charges against Dr Khobragade,’’ she said.
Ms Kaur said the two countries would initiate a dialogue to address all aspects related to displomatic privileges and immunities in a mutually acceptable manner. At the same time, both have agreed to continue to implement other programmes of bilateral cooperation, the Minister said.