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US takes safety and security of diplomatic missions seriously: Official

Patel's comment came as there is a sense of worry prevailing after a group of Khalistan supporters this month attacked and damaged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco

Photo: Twitter@VedantPatel

Photo: Twitter@VedantPatel

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The United States takes the safety and security of diplomats and diplomatic missions in the country quite seriously, a senior State Department official has said.
We take the safety and security of the diplomatic missions that we host in the United States and the diplomats that work in them quite seriously, Vedant Patel, the Deputy Spokesperson of the State Department told reporters at a press conference here.
Patel's comment came as there is a sense of worry prevailing after a group of Khalistan supporters this month attacked and damaged the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.
Raising pro-Khalistan slogans, the protesters broke open the makeshift security barriers raised by the city police and installed two so-called Khalistani flags inside the Consulate premises. Two consulate personnel soon removed these flags.
Later, the Khalistani supporters also held a protest in front of the Indian Embassy in Washington and tried to incite violence and even threatened the country's envoy, but timely intervention by law enforcement agencies prevented them from vandalising the property.
Patel said the administration is in close touch with the Indian partners over the incidents.
"We are in close touch with our Indian partners on a number of issues, but including on this we made sure to remain in close touch with them as well as the appropriate local entities, depending on where these various missions and consulates were located, Patel said, responding to a question on the recent incidence of violence against Indian diplomatic missions in San Francisco.
"The US values its important relationship with both our Indian partners and Pakistan as well, and these relationships stand on their own and are not a zero-sum proposition," Patel said in response to a question.

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First Published: Mar 31 2023 | 1:01 PM IST

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