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Press Statement

Washington DC

December 13, 2013

Charge d`Affaires of the Embassy of India in Washington, DC., met with the senior officials in the U.S. State Department again on 13 December 2013 and reiterated Foreign Secretary of India's strong demarche to the U.S. Ambassador in New Delhi regarding the treatment meted out to Dr. Devyani Khobragade, Deputy Consul General, in New York on 12 December 2013. It was emphasised that Dr. Devyani Khobragade is a diplomat, who is in the U.S. in pursuance of her duties and hence is entitled to the courtesy due to a diplomat in the country of her work. She is also a young mother of two small children. Government of India is shocked and appalled at the manner in which she has been humiliated by the U.S. authorities. It was also conveyed in no uncertain terms that this kind of treatment to one of our diplomats is absolutely unacceptable. The U.S. State Department has been called upon to resolve the matter at the earliest.