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After Sushma Swaraj's warning, Amazon drops Indian flag doormats

After a furious Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj threatened to not grant Indian visas to Amazon officials, the company has dropped Indian flag-themed doormats from its website.

An Amazon spokesperson said last night that "the item is no longer available for sale on the site."

On Wednesday, Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Amazon must apologise unconditionally and withdraw all products insulting the flag or Amazon officials would not be granted Indian visas.

"Amazon must tender unconditional apology. They must withdraw all products insulting our national flag immediately," the External Affairs Minister said.

"If this is not done forthwith, we will not grant Indian Visa to any Amazon official. We will also rescind the Visas issued earlier," she said in another tweet.

Swaraj reacted after a Twitter user sent her a screen-grab of doormats featuring the Indian flag on sale on Amazon Canada.

The offending products were on offer by two vendors. Under India's law, any desecration of the flag is punishable with fines and imprisonment.

Furious, Sushma Swaraj tweeted: "Indian High Commission in Canada: This is unacceptable. Please take this up with Amazon at the highest level."

Within hours, the mats were removed from Amazon's catalog with the product pages showing up a 'page not found' error.