India, US start discussions on diplomatic immunity

WASHINGTON (AP) — India's new envoy to the United States says he wants to raise the "morale" of the India-U.S. relationship as the two nations look to mending ties damaged by the row over American treatment of an Indian diplomat.

India's ambassador to the U.S. says officials of the two governments are holding preliminary discussions to resolve their differing interpretations of diplomatic immunity.

Relations have been strained by American treatment of an Indian diplomat who was expelled from the U.S. this month after she was indicted on accusations of exploiting her housekeeper.

India's deputy consul general in New York was strip-searched after her Dec. 13 arrest.

U.S. marshals say that's common practice for a suspect taken into custody. In India it was seen as unnecessarily humiliating.

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