US Ambassador to India Richard Verma today apologised to Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan for his over two-hour detention at Los Angeles airport and said the US was working to ensure that it does not happen again.
Verma’s comment on Twitter was appreciated by Khan who thanked him for his concern.
Sorry for the trouble at LAX @iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.— Rich Verma (@USAmbIndia) August 12, 2016
Khan, who was in the US to visit Yale University, was detained at Los Angeles airport and given immigration clearance only after about two hours.
Responding to Verma’s tweet, the 50-year-old actor said,
No trouble sir, respect the protocol & not expecting 2 b above it. It’s just a tad inconvenient. Thx for ur concern. https://t.co/zQspvxnXsl— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
It is the third time in seven years that Khan has been stopped by US immigration officials at the country’s airports. The actor expressed disappointment on social media after the incident.
SRK had tweeted,
I fully understand & respect security with the way the world is, but to be detained at US immigration every damn time really really sucks.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) August 12, 2016
Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia in the US Department of State Nisha Desai Biswal also apologised to Khan for the “hassle”.
Sorry for the hassle at the airport, @iamsrk – even American diplomats get pulled for extra screening!— Nisha Biswal (@NishaBiswal) August 12, 2016
In April 2012, Khan was detained at the White Plains airport near New York for over two hours by immigration officials. In 2009, he was detained at the Newark Airport in New Jersey for nearly two hours
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