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US could have avoided ‘mini crisis’: Khurshid

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New Delhi :  India on Saturday blamed the United States for a “mini crisis” over l’affaire Khobragade and said more work was needed to repair ties a day after the withdrawal of diplomats seemed to draw a line under the row.

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid said the United States should have warned senior officials visiting Washington a day before Khobragade’s arrest by state department security in December.

“It wasn’t even mentioned,” Khurshid told the CNN-IBN television network. He called the row a “mini crisis” and said India should have been given the chance to withdraw Khobragade before she was arrested.


He said the core of the US-Indian relationship was very strong and that he didn’t expect lasting damage from what has turned into the biggest rift in years.

“I think we’ve found that at least the immediate, immediate concerns have been addressed,” Khurshid said. “But there’s a lot more still to do.”

He did not clarify what else must be done to avoid lasting damage to ties between the countries, who share some $100 billion in annual trade.