As India and US continued to make efforts to resolve the issue, Khobragade, who has since been transferred as Counsellor in the Indian Mission to UN to give her full diplomatic immunity, has sought waiver from attending the pre-trial process. A decision on her plea will be known on Monday.
    
Asked how hopeful he was of a resolution of the issue soon, Khurshid said, "World keeps moving forward, world never dies, world never stops. Something will happen."
    
On US State Department welcoming his remarks on Indo-US ties, he said, "US must do something. Welcoming is not enough.”

Khurshid had termed US as a valuable partner emphasizing that both sides need to preserve the "extremely exceptionally valuable" relations.
    
39-year-old Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer posted as Deputy Consul General in New York, was taken into custody on December 12 on visa fraud charges as she was dropping her daughter to school before being released on a USD 250,000 bond after pleading not guilty in court.

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India had demanded that the case against Khobragade be dropped unconditionally but it was rejected by US. Meanwhile, the deadline for US diplomats and families in India to turn-in their IDs will expire on Monday, with government not extending it.
    
It was among the measures taken by India to downgrade privileges of US diplomats in the country after Khobragade was arrested and put through both strip and cavity searches, procedures normally used for criminals.


    
In New York, India's Ambassador to the UN Asoke Mukerji said he had written a letter to UN chief Ban Ki-moon around December 18-19 informing him of Khobragade's transfer as Counsellor to the Indian mission here and requested that she be accorded the same privileges and immunities as a diplomatic officer.
    
Mukerji said the papers are being processed and UN has to send Khobragade's documents to US Office of Foreign Missions, which is part of US State Department protocol for clearance.
    
"Now it is between UN and US State Department," he said.

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