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Indian minister flags up fury over 'insulting' doormats

India's foreign minister has demanded an apology from online retail giant Amazon for selling doormats depicting her country's flag on its Canadian retail website.

In a Twitter message, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj warned that she could deny Indian visas to Amazon employees if the company did not apologise and "withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately".

India is not the only country whose flag was featured on a doormat - Amazon.com sells similar mats showing flags of the US, Canada and other countries.

The site has now removed the Indian-themed product.

The Indian flag doormats have outraged many among the Indian diaspora in Canada who have posted pictures of the mats to social media accounts and urged Ms Swaraj to make a formal protest.

AP

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