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As Devyani returns, US withdraws diplomat from India
« on: January 11, 2014, 02:23:38 PM »

NEW DELHI: The United States, on Friday said that it was withdrawing a diplomat from India in hopes it would end a bitter dispute that started with the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York.

Washington's announcement that it was complying with a demand from New Delhi for the expulsion of the US official came hours after Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, left the US.

Khobragade, 39, is accused of exploiting her Indian-born housekeeper and nanny, allegedly having her work more than 100 hours a week for low pay and lying about it on a visa form. Khobragade has maintained her innocence, and Indian officials have described her treatment as barbaric.

In an apparent compromise, she was indicted by a federal grand jury but also granted immunity that allowed her to leave the United States. Khobragade arrived in New Delhi on Friday, where she was met at the airport by her father and a sister.

"She just said, 'Papa, I love you' and that's all. And she's happy to be back," her father, Uttam Khobragade, told reporters. Khobragade left the airport separately through an exit that is not accessible to the public.

Many believed that Khobragade's return to India would be enough to give both countries a way to save face. India, however, asked the United States on Friday to withdraw a diplomat from the US embassy in New Delhi, and the state department said it was complying, although with "deep regret".

"We expect and hope that this will now come to closure, and the Indians will now take significant steps with us to improve our relationship and return it to a more constructive place," spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters in Washington.

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