US withdraws diplomat after India expulsion demand

AP News
Posted: Jan 10, 2014 1:17 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.S. diplomat will leave India after the government there demanded expulsion in retaliation for the arrest and strip search of an Indian diplomat in New York.

The State Department says the U.S. deeply regrets that the Indian government felt it was necessary to expel an American diplomat. Spokeswoman Jen Psaki (SAH'-kee) says she hopes the case will come to closure and that India will take "significant steps" to improve ties that have been badly strained by the case.

The Indian deputy consul general in New York was heading home Friday from the U.S. Devyani Khobragade (dayv-YAHN'-ee KOH'-bruh-gah-day) had been indicted on charges of exploiting her Indian-born housekeeper, she was also granted immunity allowing her to leave the country.

The State Department did not identify the American diplomat.