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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton voiced concern Thursday about an incident where India’s ambassador to Washington was frisked at an airport and vowed to try to prevent repeat incidents.
“We obviously are concerned about it,” Clinton told reporters. “We will be looking into it and trying to determine both what happened and what we could do to prevent such incidents in the future.”
But Clinton referred reporters to the Department of Homeland Security for any questions relating to the incident.
Indian officials said their envoy to the United States, Meera Shankar, was last week pulled out of the security line at a Mississippi airport and subjected to a “rigorous pat down,” despite her diplomatic status.
India’s Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna told reporters in New Delhi that India will lodge a diplomatic protest with the United States following the incident.
Clinton spokesman Philip Crowley said he was not aware that the protest had actually been lodged yet.
Clinton promised that the US government will be “not only responding to the Indian foreign minister but also reviewing the policies” surrounding treatment of foreign diplomats.
Crowley said: “There are guidelines that have been published on diplomats. They are subject to basic security. So everyone at the airport goes through a basic screening.”
“And beyond that, I’ll defer to the Department of Homeland Security,” he added.
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