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India a difficult place to work: US report

A US report says that employees of the American mission face "health and security risks" in India.

Washington: Although Indo-US ties are on a
positive trajectory, India remains a difficult place to work,
with employees of the American mission there facing "health
and security risks, including the threat of terrorism," says
an official report.

"US diplomats` access to Indian officials is tightly
controlled. The process by which the Indian Government
coordinates contacts internally can at times be an obstacle to
broadened government-to-government activity that often
requires high-level intervention to expedite progress," said
the 90-page report of the Office of the Inspector General on
the US diplomatic posts in India.

"Decision-making is cumbersome, and many influential
officials and politicians are wary of a closer relationship
with the United States. Mission employees face health and
security risks, including the threat of terrorism," the
report, which was made public yesterday, said.

It, however, said a conviction is growing among Indian
elites that engaging the United States is necessary for the
success of India`s national interests.

"In recent years the relationship has deepened and
broadened with the civil nuclear cooperation agreement,
security cooperation following the Mumbai terrorist attacks,
and ensuing high-level visits, most importantly President
(Barack) Obama`s visit (to India) in November 2010," the
report said.

Observing that today, the US and India collaborate on
nearly every global challenge, from terrorism to energy
security, non-proliferation, piracy and hunger, it said trade,
business, educational and family ties between the United
States and India are on the rise, and the diplomatic
relationship is struggling to keep pace.


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