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Reciprocity key to progress in India-US ties: Omar Abdullah

‘I think if the relationship is to progress, reciprocity has to be the key word. If they treat our diplomats well, we will treat their diplomats well. And that is the way this relationship will go forward,’ Omar told reporters here.

Omar rued the fact that ‘we go out of our way’ to treat the US diplomats while Washington does not extend the same courtesy to the Indian diplomats.

‘I think it is in the fitness of things that the US recognizes that this woman was a diplomat (and) she should have been treated like a diplomat. More so, when we go out of our way to treat their diplomats very differently than we otherwise would,’he said.

‘You take an example, when even mid-ranking US officials visit India, we open all doors for them. I mean the US ambassador barely has to ask for an appointment and there is hardly an office in New Delhi that does not open to him or her. The same courtesy is not extended to the Indian ambassador posted in Washington’, the chief minister said.
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