India registers protest with US against vandalizing consulate property

The Indian government on Monday registered its strong protest in a meeting with the US Charge d'Affaires in New Delhi after property of the Consulate General of India was vandalized.

The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that New Delhi conveyed its strong protest at the vandalization of the property of the Consulate General of India in San Francisco.

"The US government was reminded of its basic obligation to protect and secure diplomatic representation. It was asked to take appropriate measures to prevent recurrence of such incidents," it said.

Indian Embassy in Washington D.C. also conveyed Indian concerns to the US State Department in this connection.

In a related development, the External Affairs Ministry had summoned yesterday senior-most UK diplomat in New Delhi and conveyed strong protest at the actions of separatist and extremist elements against the Indian High Commission in London.

India also sought an explanation for the complete absence of the British security and reminded the basic obligations of the UK government under the Vienna Convention.

It also demanded to "take immediate steps to identify arrest and prosecute each one of those involved in the incident, and put in place stringent measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents." Indian diplomatic missions in both the US and the UK came under attack by the separatist movement Khalistan that demands a separate homeland for the Sikh community in Punjab.

Source: Kuwait News Agency