TWO AMER­I­CAN EN­VOYS’ TRIPS TO IN­DIA RUN INTO TROU­BLE

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Reuters ht­metro@hin­dus­tan­times.com

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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