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Published: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:35:02 AM
Updated: Thursday December 19, 2013 MYT 3:35:58 AM

Kerry calls India's Menon, voices 'regret' about diplomat

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Manila December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry speaks to the American Chamber of Commerce in Manila December 17, 2013. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a top Indian official and voiced regret about the case of an Indian diplomat strip-searched after her arrest last week on charges of visa fraud, the U.S. State Department said on Wednesday.

"As a father of two daughters about the same age as Devyani Khobragade, the Secretary empathises with the sensitivities we are hearing from India about the events that unfolded after Ms. Khobragade's arrest," State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said in a written statement, referring to the Indian diplomat.

"In his conversation with National Security Advisor (Shivshankar) Menon, he expressed his regret, as well as his concern that we not allow this unfortunate public issue to hurt our close and vital relationship with India," Harf added.

(Reporting by Arshad Mohammed; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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