U.S. Department of Energy's Secretary Ernest Moniz delivers a speech in Austria in September 2013.
- Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz will no longer visit India next week, a U.S. official says
- The postponement comes amid tensions over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York
- Indian officials have expressed outrage that the female diplomat was strip-searched
- U.S. officials have said there are no plans to drop the charges against her
(CNN) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz's planned visit to India next week has been delayed, an Energy Department official said Wednesday.
The postponement of the trip comes amid tensions between New Delhi and Washington over the treatment of an Indian diplomat who was arrested in New York last month on charges of fraud and making false statements on a visa application for her former housekeeper.
"I can confirm that Secretary Moniz is no longer traveling to India next week," the Energy Department official said. "We have been in conversation with Indian counterparts about the dates, and we have agreed to hold the dialogue in the near future at a mutually convenient date."
Indian officials expressed outrage last month when news emerged that Devyani Khobragade, the country's deputy consul general in New York, had been strip-searched by U.S. law enforcement officials after her arrest.
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They have demanded that the United States apologize and drop the charges against Khobragade, whose lawyer says she is innocent and entitled to diplomatic immunity.