US moves to smooth rift over diplomat

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Indian workers remove a barricade that had been erected as a safety measure outside the main entrance of US embassy, reportedly in retaliation to the alleged mistreatment of New York based Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, in New Delhi, India. (AP Photo/Saurabh Das)

Washington - The White House Wednesday tried to quell a row with India over the arrest and strip searching of one of its female diplomats in New York, which sparked a fierce backlash.

White House spokesman Jay Carney said that Washington understood why the issue was such a sensitive one in India, where there has been public outrage, but said it did not reflect the broad and healthy cooperation between the two countries.


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