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Strip-search incident: Armitage apologises

July 14, 2004 13:03 IST
Last Updated: July 14, 2004 15:24 IST

US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage on Wednesday said he was "horrified" by the the incident of strip-searching involving former defence minister George Fernandes during an official visit to the US.

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"On the way in the car here, I had the opportunity to telephone my old friend George Fernandes and told him I had heard about the problem he had. I was horrified about it and I personally apologised to him," Armitage told reporters after he met Leader of the Opposition Lal Kishenchand Advani.

Former Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott in his just published book has said Fernandes was strip-searched twice at Dulles airport when he was defence minister -- once on an official visit to Washington in early 2002 and another time while enroute to Brazil in mid 2003.

The US Embassy in Delhi said Fernandes was not strip-searched but a security wand was waved over him when a key in his pocket set off the metal detector.

"Fernandes played an important role in the burgeoning US-India relationship and we consider him the cherished friend
of the US," an embassy spokesman said.

Fernandes, who confirmed reports that he was searched, has said he will never visit the US again.


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Sub: 'horrified'

Wasn't it the same word - 'horrified' - used by Bush/Rumsfeld while expressing their reaction to the Abu Ghraib abuses made public just recently? A ...

Posted by ksey

Sub: the Indian way

The Indian way is to kill the cause and reason before even hearing the truth. No wonder India is still in 3rd world where people ...

Posted by nanduus

Sub: who is this lal kishenchand advani

Who is this lal kishenchand advani ? I have heard of Lal Krishna Advani.

Posted by kk

Sub: He should have apologised to India

Hey Mr. Armitage, there is no point apologising to George, it is India which is more hurt than George. Had George been really!! hurt he ...

Posted by Sundar

Sub: Armitage should be strip searched!!!!

Only an apology won't suffice, we'll have to call Armitage and do the same with him to make him feel how bad it looks to ...

Posted by Mohd Azad



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