New Delhi: US State Department Deputy Spokesman Vedant Patel said on Wednesday that the US is committed to taking all appropriate steps to protect diplomatic missions and diplomats. Responding to a question asked at the press conference, Patel condemned the incidents of violence at Indian diplomatic facilities in the United States. Said that violence is never an acceptable form of protest.
He further added, ‘Consistent with our Vienna Convention obligations, the Department is committed to taking all appropriate steps, including coordination with federal, state and local law enforcement authorities, to ensure the safety and security of these facilities and the diplomatic persons working within them. Can be protected.
Patel was responding to a question on violent protests outside the Indian Embassy in Washington DC and vandalism at the Indian Consulate in San Francisco.
What else did Patel say?
Vedant Patel said, ‘We condemn the recent violent incidents during protests at Indian diplomatic facilities in the United States. We support the First Amendment rights of protesters to engage in free speech activities. However, violence or the threat of violence is never an acceptable form of protest.’
“Attacks against journalists are never acceptable and we condemn any incident of violence against a member of the media just doing their job, and any incident of violence or sabotage against any diplomatic facility,” he said. ‘
The attacks took place last week
Let us tell you that last week, a group of Khalistan supporters protested in front of the Indian Embassy here and tried to incite violence. Even threatened the Indian ambassador, but the timely intervention of law enforcement agencies stopped them from damaging property.
A few days ago pro-Khalistan protesters attacked the Indian Consulate in San Francisco. India lodged its “strong protest” with the US charge d’affaires in New Delhi over the incident and asked the US government to take appropriate measures to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.