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India calls in US diplomat over remarks on Delhi chief minister’s arrest

India- India’s External Affairs Ministry took diplomatic action by summoning a senior US diplomat in New Delhi. This step aimed to convey strong objections to comments made by a spokesperson of the US State Department regarding the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. According to the Press Trust of India, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs summoned US Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Gloria Berbena and lodged a robust protest against US remarks concerning certain legal proceedings in India. The ministry also released a statement reiterating its objection and emphasizing the importance of respecting the sovereignty and internal affairs of other nations.

“We strongly object to the remarks made by the Spokesperson of the US State Department about certain legal proceedings in India,” the ministry’s statement asserted. “In diplomacy, states are expected to be respectful of the sovereignty and internal affairs of others. This responsibility is even more important when dealing with fellow democracies. Casting doubt on India’s legal processes is unjustified.”

India’s response came after media reports quoted a US government spokesperson saying that Washington is closely monitoring developments related to the arrest of the Delhi Chief Minister. “We encourage a fair, transparent, and timely legal process for Chief Minister Kejriwal,” the US government spokesperson remarked.

The arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate in connection with a money laundering case related to a Delhi excise policy has triggered a significant political crisis in the country ahead of the General Elections.

This diplomatic exchange highlights the delicate nature of international relations and underscores the importance of mutual respect and understanding between sovereign nations.

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