New Delhi: Days after a senior Indian diplomat was asked by security staff at a US airport if they could check his turban, US Ambassador Timothy J Roemer Wednesday met representatives of the Shiromani Akali Dal (Badal) in New Delhi and assured them that the US will strike a balance between religious sensitivities and security needs of travelers.
The US envoy met some representatives of the Akali Dal at his office and discussed a host of issues, including the recent frisking of India's Permanent Representative to the UN Hardeep Puri, and India's Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar in two separate incidents at US airports.
"The ambassador noted the party's concerns and reiterated on behalf of the US government his highest esteem for India's talented diplomatic community," a statement by the US embassy said.
"I have high regard and deep respect for ambassadors Hardeep Puri and Meera Shankar and the tremendous work that they are both doing in support of US-India relations. I regret any inconvenience that may have resulted for either ambassador as a result of recent incidents," Roemer said....more
06:28 PM, Dec 15, 2010
Texas: The US has done it again - but this time, its not the sari but the turban that has raised eyebrows. India's envoy to the UN Hardeep Puri refused to have his turban patted down at the airport in Austin, Texas. The incident happened on November 13 when Puri was returning to New York after delivering a lecture at the University of Texas. A TSA agent asked Puri for...
08:58 PM, Dec 13, 2010
Texas: India's permanent representative to the United Nations, Hardeep Puri, who was reported to have been patted down in Texas, has denied being humiliated by the security persons. Talking to CNN-IBN, Hardeep said, "This is something that happened a month ago, on November 13. When I entered the airport, the security person told me about the new procedures. I said I knew about the new procedures and was willing to...
07:07 PM, Dec 13, 2010