'US Diplomat Security Based on Threat Perception' - The New Indian Express

'US Diplomat Security Based on Threat Perception'

Published: 04th January 2014 08:47 AM

Last Updated: 04th January 2014 08:47 AM

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid addressed US concerns over security for its diplomatic establishments, asserting that the country’s decision was based on “threat perception” and not just reciprocity.

“As far as security is concerned, the matter is dealt with agencies entirely on the merits of security requirement. Security is not based on reciprocity.... It is based on threat perception,” Khurshid said here on Friday.

A day earlier, official sources had pointed out that 150 police personnel were deployed round-the-clock to guard the US embassy, American School and Centre. Along with other measures, the security cover given to the US missions was one of the highest compared to any other country’s.

The numbers were given out to placate concern over the removal of barriers following the diplomatic row over the arrest of Deputy Consul General Devyani Khobragade in New York on charges of making visa fraud. “Security issues are all to be dealt by security agencies. There is no question of any compromise on security. We have been very careful right through. Reciprocity and matters like convenience and courtesies are another matter,” he added.

Khurshid asserted that both the governments were in talks and would find a “solution” to the ongoing impasse over Khobragade, with India waiting to hear from the US on the new visa in line with her transfer to India’s permanent mission to UN. “I have said that we have a valuable relationship. They must agree because that’s how we both see it,” he added.

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