TWO AMERICAN ENVOYS’ TRIPS TO INDIA RUN INTO TROUBLE
WASHINGTON/NEW DELHI: Despite a much-heralded fresh start in US-India ties under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, a diplomatic source said on Friday the United States has run into problems arranging visits by two senior officials, recalling a diplomatic spat that soured relations two years ago.
Washington has been seeking to send Susan Coppedge, its newly appointed anti-people trafficking ambassador, and Randy Berry, its special envoy for LGBT rights, to New Delhi this month.
Human trafficking has caused friction between the United States and India. The countries also disagree on gay rights, which the Obama administration promotes, while homosexuality in India is illegal.
The source, who did not want to identified, said the visits had run into problems.
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