External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid said he had received a call from US Secretary of State John Kerry last night but he was not available at that time.

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"I was not available when John Kerry called. We are trying to log a time for a call this evening. Kerry is in the Philippines and there is a huge time difference," he said.

"I have sought details of what happened in the case of the diplomat," he said, asserting that the matter should be withdrawn.

"Our relationship has a lot of investment, it is not an irreversible matter and we have to deal with it sensibly," he said.

Khobragade, a 1999-batch IFS officer, was arrested on December 12 on visa fraud charges as she was dropping her daughter to school. She was later released on a USD 250,000 bond.

The ill-treatment of Indian diplomat evoked a sharp reaction from New Delhi, which initiated a slew of steps to downgrade the privileges enjoyed by US diplomats and their families including withdrawing airport passes and stopping import clearances.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh earlier on Wednesday described as ‘deplorable’ the way Khobragade was treated in US.


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