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Mr. Mugabe’s ambassador in Washington, Machivenyika Mapuranga, interrupted Mr. Carson’s speech at a 2010 Africa Day celebration by calling him a “good house slave.”

PRAISING INDIA’S AMBASSADOR

Meera Shankar found herself widely toasted in Washington as she bid farewell to U.S. officials, after two years as India’s ambassador to the United States.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton praised her “celebrated tenure.” Robert Blake Jr., assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asia, noted her “immense contribution” to U.S.-Indian relations.

Mrs. Shankar, who ended her official duties on Sunday, reviewed the “strong economic ties” between the two countries in an interview with the Press Trust of India.

“The India-U.S. trade and investment flows have become far more robust,” she said, adding that the relationship is “unique.”

“It is broadly balanced in both directions, and it is growing in both directions,” she said, noting that bilateral trade is more than $80 billion a year.

Her tour in Washington included high level visits by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other officials.

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