State Department says not pressuring law enforcement to drop Indian complaint
Thursday, December 19, 2013 - 01:19
Dec. 19 - The U.S. State Department says it is not pressuring U.S. law enforcement to drop complaint against Indian official. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
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The U.S. State Department on Thursday said it is not pressuring U.S. law enforcement to drop a complaint against an Indian official that has increased tensions between the two countries. A senior Indian diplomat was arrested on December 12 in New York City on charges of underpaying her nanny and alleged visa fraud.
"Not true," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in response to a question about whether there was pressure being applied to U.S. law enforcement to drop the case.
"There are obligations they have for their staffs when they bring them to the United States," Harf said.
She added that State Department does not expect the incident to impact bilateral relations between the nations.
"This is an isolated episode. The Secretary certainly expressed regret that things weren't done differently at times but what we're focused on, and why the secretary and everybody else is so focused on this, is it's an incredibly important relationship. That has in no way changed," she said.
India has urged the United States to withdraw a visa fraud case against one of its diplomats in New York, suggesting that Secretary of State John Kerry's expression of regret over her treatment in custody was not enough.
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