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Time to get past tensions and move on: US on ties with India

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Washington – The US has said that it was time to get past the recent tensions with India and that both countries should now move on.

“We have said we want to get past some of the tensions that have been there over the past several months and move on,” State Department Deputy Spokesperson Marie Harf told reporters yesterday.

She was responding to questions about the arrest of a New York Police official in India.

“We can’t get into the specific case because of privacy considerations,” she said.

“I mean, I think we feel like we have moved past this and hope the Indians have as well,” Ms Harf said, adding that India is a very close and a trusted partner.

“I can’t share any more about this individual because of the privacy concerns,” she said.

New York Police official Manny Encarnacion (49) was arrested in New Delhi on March 11 after three 9mm bullets were found in his baggage. Later, he was produced in court the very same day and was granted bail. (US police officer detained in India for carrying bullets)

Earlier, Indian diplomat Devyani Khobragade, who was posted as the Deputy Consul General in New York, was arrested on December 12 last year on charges of making false declarations in a visa application for her domestic help and was allegedly strip-searched in the US which had triggered a row between the two sides.

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