Miliband Admits his Language Wasn't Diplomatic Enough

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Miliband Admits his Language Wasn't Diplomatic Enough
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British Foreign Secretary David Miliband, who sparked a diplomatic row with India over his remarks on Kashmir issue, has said some times his language was not "diplomatic enough" and that he was still learning every day in this job.

 "Look, you learn every day in this job... You've got to try and take that forward. I know words matter in diplomacy," Miliband told the New Statesman.

At the same time, Miliband insisted that he was simply articulating the British Government's stand because he did not believe in saying "one thing in private and another in public".

"I'm here on this trip, to show solidarity with India (following the terrorists attacks on Mumbai last November)," he told in an interview while he was in India.

 Miliband triggered a diplomatic row when he wrote in The Guardian during his recent visit to India that the "resolution of the dispute over Kashmir would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms..."

 He was also criticised in the media for not showing enough "deference" to External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

He had addressed them by their first names, it was reported, while they referred to him in return as "Your Excellency" or "Mr Miliband".

  In his article, interviewer Jason Cowley, wrote: "As I discovered, Miliband had been briefed rigorously. He held India's senior politicians in the highest respect.

 "What a fantastic country this is, isn't it," Miliband said.

 "All these Indian leaders have PhDs," Miliband continued, tossing a cricket ball from hand to hand and picking at its seam.

 "What they've achieved here is just fantastic. But there's such deep anguish about the attacks - such anguish, anguish, anguish."

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