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Diplomat: India withdraws privileges for US embassy

Publication Date : 09-01-2014


With the USA standing firm of going ahead with prosecuting Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade for alleged visa fraud, India withdrew another set of privileges it had so far granted the US embassy here.

India gave the US Embassy in New Delhi a week's time to close down a multi-purpose club on its premises running in violation of the Vienna Convention.

The club was meant only for use by American diplomats but was also being used by the American community living in the city.

The club includes a bar, pool, beauty parlour, restaurant, bowling alley and tennis courts.

The stand off between India and the USA which started following the arrest of Khobragade in New York on December 12 has seen India taking ‘reciprocal’ actions which have included removing traffic barricades in front of the US embassy in the Capital, withdrawal of airport passes for the US diplomats and also asking for details of the salaries that the US diplomats pay their domestic staff. It remains to be seen whether the latest actions by the Indian government will resolve the impasse.       



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