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Ahead Of Modi's Saudi Visit
India in diplomatic row over rape case
Published :Friday, 11 September, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 16

Ahead Of Modi's Saudi VisitNEW DELHI, Sept 10 : India's foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over allegations one of the Middle East country's officials repeatedly raped two Nepali maids, sparking a diplomatic row ahead of a planned state visit by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Saudi Arabia is pressing India to drop the case, while Nepal wants justice for its two citizens who say they were kidnapped, gang-raped and starved over several months at the diplomat's home close to New Delhi.India's foreign ministry on Thursday summoned Ambassador Saud bin Mohammed Al-Saty to relay a request from police for cooperation while they investigate the case, spokesman Vikas Swarup said.
In a statement reported in Indian media, the Saudi embassy said the allegations were false and the police broke international conventions by raiding a diplomatic property. The embassy did not respond to Reuters' requests for comment.Modi is scheduled to make a rare visit by an Indian leader to Saudi Arabia later this year, part of a strategy of winning investment from cash-rich oil states and to expand cooperation in the energy sector.
 At the same time, Modi has made improving relations with neighbouring Nepal one of his top priorities, as concerns grow over China's influence in the Himalayan nation.     ?REUTERS

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