MPs’ tip for Barack Obama: No K-word, please

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  1. EagleOne

    EagleOne Regular Member

    May 10, 2010
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    Ahead of his visit, President Barack Obama wants to have a finger on the pulse of India and the US embassy is figuring out what the President should speak on and, most importantly, what to skip. The US embassy invited a group of MPs recently to ask them what India would like to hear Obama say feedback was anything but Kashmir.

    “What we would not like to hear from President Obama is Kashmir,” a Congress MP said, echoing others.

    The US has maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and the two countries should resolve it through dialogue. However, Pakistan has more than often sought US mediation.

    The MPs invited for the informal interaction with US officials, including assistant secretary of state (south Asia) Robert Blake and ambassador Timothy J Roemer, included Manish Tiwari and Shruti Choudhry (Congress), Balbir Punj and Anant Hegde (BJP), Jayant Chaudhary (Rashtriya Lok Dal) and Harsimrat Kaur Badal (Shiromani Akali Dal).

    Blake and under-secretary William Burns are in India to finalise the agenda for Obama’s visit. Obama will address the members of the two houses of Parliament on November 8.

    The MPs also discussed the Afghanistan and Taliban problems.

    One MP expressed concerns about the Talibanisation of Afghanistan after withdrawal of NATO forces and the need to build up local government there.

    He was also of the view that the presidential system would not be the best model in Afghanistan given that Hamid Karzai “does not seem to have popular support”.

    Another MP suggested that Obama visit the countryside to see the level of women’s empowerment in India.
  3. maomao

    maomao Veteran Hunter of Maleecha Senior Member

    Apr 7, 2010
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    USA will never even try opening its mouth about Kashmir in India, however I would like to see what this buffoon Boobama says when he is in India.
  4. thakur_ritesh

    thakur_ritesh Administrator Administrator

    Feb 19, 2009
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    Land of the GODS - "Dev Bhomi".
    Enough of state visits/dinners, enough of photo ops/joint statements, enough of talk, talk and more talk and enough of trying to be politically correct. It is time Mr Obama you and your team started delivering on things that concern a rising India the most, access to Indian market and influencing Indian decision making has a cost to it.

    There was a reason why PM Mr manmohan singh said Bush was (and still is) the most liked US president in india, reflect on why that was said and I am sure you will start getting all the answers, and no it wont be about what needs to be spoken and what not but everything about what all needs to be done, you do that and try and better him and rest assured you will be one of the most liked US presidents ever as well!
  5. Patriot

    Patriot Senior Member Senior Member

    Apr 11, 2010
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    Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
    No Kashmir on Obama platter this November: Sources

    The Kashmir issue is unlikely to figure during talks between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Barack Obama in New Delhi next month as US considers this an "internal" matter of India, Indian sources have said.

    But, the two leaders will discuss the situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan as well as in South East Asia and how India and the US can increase their co-operation at the global level, a source, familiar with the preparatory talks between officials of the two countries, said.

    The source said Kashmir issue is unlikely to figure during the talks between Singh and Obama as the US's firm stand is that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and it has to be solved by them, despite Pakistan asking it to play a role.

    The US considers India as an "anchor of stability in the region and is very appreciative of the role played by New Delhi under the leadership of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh," the source said.

    While India has quietly played a developmental role in Afghanistan, where it is one of the largest donors of civilian activities, the US is very grateful of the restrain shown by India with regard to Pakistan, where a section of the establishment is keen to increase the tension with India. This is used as an excuse not to carry on with the operations against terrorists, the source said.

    Indian and US officials said it is in this context that the Obama Administration has taken a decision not to play any role on the Kashmir issue, despite the fact that it is repeatedly being demanded by the top Pakistani leadership.

    "Kashmir is an issue that we believe needs to be resolved between Pakistan and India. It is an issue that does come up in time to time in our bilateral discussions with Pakistan. But there is no working group in Kashmir," State Department spokesman, P J Crowley said.

    "Because the strategic dialogue is focused on expanding our bilateral relationship, when we get together, the United States or Pakistan can bring forward any issue that it wishes. The Pakistanis have raised the issue of Kashmir with us before. This is not new," he said.

    "Our understanding of the Pakistani view of this issue is well known. But at the same time, the United States' policy is clear. We believe that this is ultimately an issue that has to be resolved between India and Pakistan," Crowley said in response to a question.

    Besides, Singh and Obama will also discuss reforms in the current architecture of global governance giving India its due position in all of the international institutions is another issue that would be a key highlight of the Obama trip to India, the source said.

    While there has been no indication from the United States so far, officials expect that the US would move a step ahead towards endorsing India as a permanent member of the UN Security Council.

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