US should apologize for Devyani Khobragade Indian Diplomat's arrest: Kamal Nath

New Delhi, Dec 19, 2013: Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said the US should apologize to India over the arrest and alleged ill-treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.

"We want an apology from America. They should accept their fault," said Nath.

US Secretary of State John Kerry will speak to External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday over the arrest of Indian Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade in New York on visa fraud charges.

"I will talk to Kerry on the issue on Thursday evening. This matter has to be resolved," said Khurshid.

 Kerry on Wednesday called National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon to discuss the issue.

"Today Secretary Kerry called Indian National Security Advisor Menon to discuss the December 12th arrest of Deputy Consul General Khobragade," said a press statement issued by US state department deputy spokesperson Marie Harf on Wednesday.

"The Secretary understands very deeply the importance of enforcing our laws and protecting victims, and, like all officials in positions of responsibility inside the U.S. Government, expects that laws will be followed by everyone here in our country.

"It is also particularly important to Secretary Kerry that foreign diplomats serving in the United States are accorded respect and dignity just as we expect our own diplomats should receive overseas," said Harf.

"As a father of two daughters about the same age as Devyani Khobragade, the Secretary empathizes with the sensitivities we are hearing from India about the events that unfolded after Ms. Khobragade's arrest, and 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," said the spokesperson.

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