US-India relations facing challenging time: State Department

Eurasia News

WASHINGTON: The United States has said that its relationship with India is at present facing a challenging time and confirmed that a US official will leave its embassy in New Delhi at India’s request.

In a statement in Washington, US State Department spokesperson Jennifer Psaki said the United States is deeply regretted over India’s expulsion of a US diplomat amid an ongoing diplomatic row.

On Friday, the Indian government asked the United States to withdraw a diplomat from its embassy in New Delhi, a move that was a part of series of retaliatory measures by India against the United States over the arrest of its diplomats in New York.

“We called the US mission to withdraw an officer of similar rank of Devyani as reciprocal action,” a government official said, adding that the US diplomat was involved in the case relating to Devyani Khobragade.