Chao made an inappropriate comment. Ms. Chao deeply regrets if her unfortunate remarks offended anyone, as that was certainly not her intent”. The Consulate said in a release that the diplomat was describing ” positive memories from her own study

abroad experiences in India 23 years ago”. As US Secretary Hillary Clinton recently noted, the US- India partnership was based on shared values of democracy, liberty and respect for religious and cultural diversity, the Consulate release said.

” The US Consulate in Chennai and the US Mission in India are committed to upholding these shared values”, it said.

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