Shiv S. Mukherjee
Minister (Press, Information & Culture)
Embassy of India
(202) 939-7042

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Official Spokesperson's Statement 
Ministry of External Affairs 

 We have taken note of the remarks made by Mr. James P. Rubin, Spokesman of
 the State Department of the United States regarding a senior Cabinet Minister of the
 Government of India. We had earlier drawn attention to intemperate outbursts by
 the State Department Spokesman. Such language is not used in allusion to senior
 political leaders of any country, even those with whom there may be disagreements.
 We would expect that this courtesy, which is standard practice in responsible
 diplomatic communication, would be extended to India.

 New Delhi
 21th May, 1998