…..will it help becalm the anger waves (games)?
Today Secretary Kerry called Indian National Security Advisor Menon to discuss the December 12th arrest of Deputy Consul General Khobragade.
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.
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.
Sangeeta Richard update: Significantly, the family of the maid, Sangeeta Richard, was granted visa by the US embassy despite India being in touch with Americans since her disappearance and cancellation of her official passport in June. The family – Sangeeta’s husband Philip and two children- left for New York on December 10, just two days before Khobragade was arrested..…..Sangeeta’s father-in-law is believed to be working in the US Embassy here (Delhi). Sources said the mother-in-law of the maid was also known to the American government as she had worked with a senior diplomat of the US Embassy here.
Besides these, Sangeeta’s husband Philip, a driver with Mozambique Embassy here, was given visa to travel to the US easily and quickly…..Philip was given a T-visa, which allows certain victims of human trafficking and immediate family members to remain and work temporarily in the United States if they agree to assist law enforcement in testifying against the perpetrators.
Neighborhood update:Marianna Baabar opines.
Pakistanis are watching with envy, as India is reacting to the treatment meted out to its deputy consul-general, Dr Devyani Khobragade, by Washington, and seeing very clearly how proud nations fight back in every possible manner. But will Islamabad and Rawalpindi learn any lesson on how to strike back when any of its citizens is insulted in this manner? regards