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India: Moniz Cancels Trip Amid Diplomatic Furor

January 9, 2014

Jason Burke in Delhi

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U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz won't be traveling to India next week (file photo)

US energy secretary Ernest Moniz will no longer travel to India as planned next week, an official of the energy department said yesterday, the most serious repercussion yet in a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.

"I can confirm that secretary Moniz is no longer travelling to India next week," the official told Reuters. "We have been in conversation with Indian counterparts about dates, and we have agreed to hold the dialogue in the near future."

Moniz's trip is the latest and most serious casualty in an escalating row over the treatment of Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul in New York. India is furious at her arrest, handcuffing and strip search last month after being accused by US prosecutors of underpaying her nanny and lying on a visa application. Earlier India ratcheted up the pressure on US diplomats in Delhi by telling Washington that restaurants and other facilities at the embassy's social club will have to close and that inquiries into the tax affairs of US staff will be pursued aggressively. Agencies Washington

(c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

Original headline: India: Reprisals escalate after US arrest of envoy

Source: (c) 2014 Guardian Newspapers Limited.

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