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Kerry’s Call with Indian National Security Advisor Menon

18 December 2013

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE
Office of the Spokesperson
December 18, 2013

STATEMENT BY MARIE HARF, DEPUTY SPOKESPERSON

Secretary Kerry Call to Indian National Security Advisor Menon

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.