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US eager to resolve Devyani issue

Washington, Dec 21 : The Unites States has said it is eager to resolve the issue of the arrest and alleged ill-treatment of Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade.


"... we of course are closely engaged with the Government of India, we're in close contact, and we want to move beyond this. And I think we all recognize the importance of our long-term relationship," said U.S. Department of State spokesperson Jen Psaki in her daily press briefing on Friday.

"As you know, we are engaged and in touch with our Indian counterparts. The Secretary has had a call. Under Secretary Sherman has been engaged. And we're continuing the conversation with our Indian counterparts privately," said Psaki.

"I also wanted to point you to the comments of External Affairs Minister (Salman) Khurshid's comments earlier today where he talked about the importance of U.S.-India relations, talked about how valuable they are. And we certainly fully agree that it's important to preserve and protect our partnership.

"It's not just about diplomatic ties. We have over $90 billion in bilateral trade. We're supporting thousands of jobs in both of our countries. We share very close counterterrorism cooperation. And we are engaged with India, of course, on a range of issues, including Afghanistan, which is often a hot topic in here," she said.

"So we will continue these discussions through diplomatic channels, through private conversations."

Psaki said the US law enforcement authorities and the Government of India have some different interpretations of the issues and allegations at play.

"As you know ... this is now a legal case, and of course the State Department doesn't have jurisdiction over that. And we have been clear about our standing - our position of certainly standing with our judicial colleagues. So I don't have any particular update on that other than to say that this is a legal process that's working its way through," she said.

Asked if US is concerned about possible impact on its economic and trade relationship with India, Psaki said: "Well, you're right that certainly, our trade relationship is vitally important. We have a $90 billion bilateral trade partnership with India, and so that's one of the very important components of our comprehensive partnership.

"I'm not aware of specific concerns or complaints addressed on that level, but it is something that we are certainly focused on, and we certainly want our relationship and all the important components to continue."

--IBNS (Posted on 21-12-2013)

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