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    America's prestigious Yale University, which had invited Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan, on Saturday said that his detention was "unfortunate" but things were sorted out in the end.

    "As SRK himself would tell you, what is most important in his movies is how they end rather than how they begin. And yesterday, things began in an unfortunate manner, but ended in a way that left everyone happy," Yale's Assistant Secretary of international affairs George Joseph said in an emailed statement to PTI.

    Khan was detained for over two hours at the White Plains airport in New York by immigration authorities on Friday.

    The episode had caused some tense moments for the university and Khan's team as Yale officials contacted the Department of Homeland Security and the Immigration and Customs Department in Washington before Khan was cleared by the immigration.

    Khan had come to the US to visit Connecticut-based Yale University, which had named him the Chubb fellow.

    Khan, who was in the US just for the day, interacted with the media before his 90-minute lecture and question and answer session with over 1600 Yale students, faculty and members of the Indian-American community.

    Joseph said Yale has always been welcoming of visitors from every part of the world and it prides itself on its institution's hospitality and openness.

    "We are grateful to Khan for the memories that he has created that will last a lifetime for so many people who were able to experience his visit yesterday," he said.
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