"We don't want this to negatively impact our relationship, that we work on a broad range of issues together, our bilateral relationship is too important. And we've said repeatedly that we don't want it," State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters at her daily news conference on Monday.

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Khobragade, 39, was arrested on December 12 on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her maid Sangeeta Richard. She was released on a USD 250,000 bond.

Subsequent revelations that she was strip searched and held in jail with drug addicts and criminals triggered a row between the two sides.

"We had some good conversations with our Indian counterparts. And that's why what we're doing right now is letting that process play itself out and focusing from our end on moving the relationship forward, on the ground and here as well," Harf said.

The Indian Government has transferred Khobragade to the Permanent Mission of India to United Nations with the view that this would give her necessary diplomatic immunity from arrest.

Harf said the State Department is still reviewing the application for her transfer. "We have received the paperwork from United Nations. It is currently under review, and I don't have anything further for you on that except that we're taking a look at it, and when we have something more, we're happy to share it," she said.

 (Agencies)

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