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Obama stands by US support for Pakistan

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RAHUL BEDI

US PRESIDENT Barack Obama has defended Washington’s support for Pakistan and said India was the country with the biggest stake in Islamabad’s stability.


President Obama meets schoolchildren as he visit Humayuns Tomb in New Delhi yesterday.

“My hope is that, over time, trust develops between the two countries, that dialogue begins, perhaps on less controversial issues, building up to more controversial issues,” he told college students in India’s western port city of Bombay (Mumbai) yesterday, on the second day of his three-day visit to India.

Mr Obama, who faces a diplomatic tightrope in fostering ties with India as its economic and geopolitical importance grows while at the same time helping Pakistan with billions of dollars in aid and weaponry, told the students the US could not impose peace on the neighbouring nuclear rivals.

“There are more Pakistanis who’ve been killed by terrorists inside Pakistan than probably anywhere else,” Mr Obama stated, in the city besieged for nearly three days by 10 gunmen from Pakistan almost exactly two years ago.

Many Bombay residents and siege survivors were disappointed with Mr Obama’s remarks, which they considered over conciliatory towards Pakistan.

Mr Obama added that the US had reaffirmed its partnership with Pakistan along with its willingness to help Islamabad stamp out terrorism, but progress had not been as quick as many wanted.

Many Indian officials privately admitted to being frustrated with Mr Obama for not being forthright in condemning Pakistan and its military and intelligence establishment for “sponsoring” terrorism.

The president reiterated his intention to bring US troops home from Afghanistan, beginning in July 2011, depending on ground conditions. He said he supported efforts by the Afghan government to reconcile with current and former Taliban members who agreed to sever ties with al-Qaeda, renounce violence and support their country’s constitution.

Addressing his domestic situation, Mr Obama declared he needed to initiate “mid-course corrections” if he was to win over a frustrated electorate and work with newly empowered Republicans.

However, he said he would not change his determination to move the US forward by investing in education, infrastructure and clean energy, despite mounting pressure in Washington to cut spending.

Mr Obama said the US mid-term elections reflected the “right, obligation and duty” of voters to express their unhappiness with his administration by voting out many incumbents, the majority of whom were Democrats, like Obama.

He said the outcome of his “mid-course corrections” over the coming months would depend on talks with Republicans, who last week won control of the House and eroded the Democrats’ Senate majority.

The Republicans also made major gains at state level, changing the political landscape as Obama looks ahead to his own re-election in 2012.

While her husband’s comments on Pakistan annoyed Indian officials and analysts, Michelle Obama won kudos from the Indian media and Mumbai residents by kicking off her shoes and played a boisterous game of hopscotch with under-privileged children on Saturday and later dancing with gusto with them to a ritzy Bollywood tune. Mr Obama joined in the dance, sportingly jumping around and making awkward movements with his arms.

Later in the day the Obamas arrived in Delhi, where they were received by Indian prime minister Manmohan Singh, who broke with protocol to personally greet the US president.

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Ahmadinejad: Israel World’s Most Hated Regime,Will Disappear Soon

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Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad attacked Israel on Thursday, asserting that it is the most hated regime in the world. Israel, he said, was established on lies, is losing the support of the West and would soon disappear.

Ahmadinejad made his attack during a speech at the port town of Bandar-Abbas which was broadcast on local media channels. “Look at what’s happened to Israel. The West gathered up the most criminal nation in the world and placed it in our region with lies and fictional tales,” he said, hinting at the Holocaust. “They started wars, acted aggressively, and made millions homeless.”

His words, quoted on the Iranian network Press TV, ended with the assertion, “The Zionist regime is the most hated regime in the world. It is no longer useful to its (western) overlords. They doubt it. They wonder if it’s worth continuing to invest in this regime. But whether Israel wants it or not, with Allah’s help, this regime will be annihilated.”

The Iranian leader also said that not even another military conflict could save it. “Thanks to their undeveloped minds, they think that another war against Lebanon or Syria will help them survive a little longer. I say to them today: Another war or more aggression will not save you.”

The president also referred to reports in all US media channels from last month, that US President Barack Obama has accelerated plans to establish batteries to defend against missile attacks in the Persian Gulf. The reports provoked harsh criticism from Tehran, which accused the US of waging psychological warfare.

“We must ensure our own security in the Persian Gulf,” Ahmadinejad said as US Defense Secretary Robert Gates visited the United Arab Emirates. “Our Gulf is a place of brotherhood and friendship. The Iranian nation will not permit the corrupt powers to undermine stability.”

He also expressed his surprise regarding foreign occupation forces in the Middle East. “What are you doing in our region? Why are you deploying your troops here? If you thought you could control Iraqi oil and the Persian Gulf, you were mistaken. Our young men will cut off your hands.”

During a visit to neighboring Afghanistan on Wednesday, Ahmadinejad told a joint news conference with his counterpart Hamid Karzai that he did “not see the presence of foreign military forces in Afghanistan as a solution for peace in Afghanistan.” “The question is what are you doing here in this region?” he asked in allusion to the US defense secretary who was in Afghanistan visiting the troops.

“You are 12,000 kilometers (7,500 miles) away on the other side of the world. You are on the other side of the world. What are you doing here? This is a serious question.”

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March 12, 2010 at 7:28 am