Regret not enough, tender apology: Kamal Nath

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New Delhi:  India on Friday demanded a categorical apology from the United States in the Devyani Khobragade case, saying the country will not accept such behaviour in any circumstances.

“No formalities will be acceptable to us. They (US) should tender a clear apology. We will not accept this conduct against India under any circumstances. The US has to understand that the world has changed, times have changed and India has changed,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said.

The Minister said the government has always maintained that the US has to apologise in the Devyani issue.

“The conduct and attitude that US have shown regarding the Devyani issue is a matter of concern not only for India but also for all countries and everyone should raise their voice.

Only regretting is not enough. They (US) have to apologise and accept that they have made a mistake,” Mr. Nath said.

“The attitude that the Indian government has had in the past and even today towards America, the way they have supported America on every issue and the way they go on their knees before the US — whether it is the nuclear deal or FDI in retail… its a long series — it’s difficult for us to fathom how the US will bend before such a government,” BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said.

The BJP underlined that the US will have to apologise to India in the Khobragade case.

“The US will have to apologise. This is an extraordinary event and not about the US and India alone. It is an example for the whole world that no diplomat can feel secure in such circumstances. So, they (US) should apologise, express regret and say that whatever happened should not have happened,” Mr. Naqvi said.

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