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New York: India and the U.S.have a multi- dimensional relationship and problems that crop up are solved in the spirit of friendship, India's Consul General here has said as the two nations seek to overcome the setback to ties after the arrest of an Indian diplomat.
"We work together all the time. We have a number of issues including at times certain problems and we sort them in the spirt of friendship and cooperation," India's Consul General Dnyaneshwar Mulay said during a repatriation ceremony at the Indian Consulate where U.S. authorities handed over three stolen sculptures to Indian officials.

The ceremony, attended by HSI Executive Associate Director James Dinkins and INTERPOL Washington Director Shawn Bray, came following month-long tensions between U.S. and India over the visa fraud charges that were slapped on Devyani Khobragade, 39, the deputy Counsul General.

When asked if he sees the repatriation ceremony as a sign of thaw between the two countries and an effort in moving beyond the diplomatic row, Mulay said he would like to see more appreciation for the bilateralrelationship and its holistic nature.

In his first public comments on the Khobragade episode, Mulay said the relationship between India and the U.S. is "multi-dimensional, multi-faceted and an ongoing strong partnership.

"All partnerships will have their issues and they should be solved in a spirit of friendliness. (There are) synergies and convergence between India and the U.S., two of the largest democracies in the world (that have) strong foundation of democratic practices," he said.

He said the India-U.S. relationship has been touted as a "defining relationship" of the 21st century by U.S. President Barack Obama and "we have to work on more than one area."

On whether the repatriation ceremony was deliberately planned to send a signal of forward movement in bilateral relationships after the diplomatic row, Mulay said the ceremony was planned sometime back.

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