Obama snubs Pakistan, refuses to meet Zardari on the margins of Chicago Nato summit

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  1. Singh

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    Major slap on the face :shocked:

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    WASHINGTON: In a rebuff to Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari, US president Barack Obama did not meet him on the margins of the NATO Summit in Chicago as the two countries failed to strike a deal on reopening the NATO supply lines to Afghanistan.

    Zardari, who flew to Chicago with hopes of lifting his stature with a meeting with Obama, was preparing to leave empty-handed as the two countries continued to feel the repercussions of a NATO air strike last November that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, an incident for which the US President has offered condolences but no apology.

    As the two-day NATO summit opened in Chicago last evening, Obama remained at loggerheads with Zardari, refusing even to meet him without a deal on the supply routes, which officials in both sides acknowledged would not be coming soon, US media reported on Monday.

    But White House deputy national security advisor Ben Rhodes said that Obama could not meet Zardari as he had a "full slate of summit meetings to attend."

    "The two bilateral meetings, really, that he did, or President (Hamid) Karzai for obvious reasons given the focus on Afghanistan here, and the Secretary General of NATO given that it's traditional for the host to make sure that we're aligned with the secretary general heading into the summit.

    "But we don't anticipate any other bilateral meetings so we didn't draw that linkage. We're going to continue to work through the issue with the Pakistanis," he said.

    However, a deal to reopen the supply lines fell apart as Obama began talks on ending the NATO alliance's combat role in Afghanistan in 2013, The New York Times said. The failure to strike a deal ahead of the summit injects new tension into the relationship, it said.

    Obama refuses to meet Zardari in Chicago — timesofindia.indiatimes.com — Readability
     
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  3. Yusuf

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    What is the spin from the Paki side to this?
    If Zardari could not meet Obama, it also means he didn't get an opportunity to beg in suit boot!
     
  4. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    The spin is that Zardari had a sore throat and so the meeting would have been non communicable!
     
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    No izzat left of Pakis.... US refused to meet Prez of Pak... what an insult.But again pakis are used to getting even worse insults so would not matter much to them...... begairat kaum!

    :lol:
     
  6. mki

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    my friend..... its like prostitute and customer relationship........

    paki is prosti... and US is customer....... customer had fun but prosti feel he love her and she ask for marriege........ lol

    pakis are getting what they deserve......... i love that......
     
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    There. Corrected it for you. :namaste:
     
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    thnks mate....... :thumb:
     
  9. LETHALFORCE

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    Let's see how this is spun to blame India.
     
  10. ejazr

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    Al Jazeera is actually reporting it as a "public slap at Pakistan"

    NATO leaders agree to Afghan exit strategy - Americas - Al Jazeera English
     
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  11. Yusuf

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    This is getting worse now or Pakistan. Obama has not even mentioned Pakis

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    Obama's snub not enough? Pakistani leaders harp on US apology for NATO air strike

    WASHINGTON/ISLAMABAD: In a clear snub to Pakistan, US President Barack Obama left off the country from a list of nations he thanked for getting war supplies into Afghanistan, signalling a deepening rift between the two nations.

    "I want to welcome the presence of (Afghan) President (Hamid) Karzai, as well as officials from Central Asia and Russia, nations that have an important perspective and that continue to provide critical transit for ISAF supplies," host Obama said in his remarks at the NATO summit.

    Obama's cold shoulder to Pakistan came despite President Asif Ali Zardari occupying a seat on the round table along with his foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar at the summit.

    The unmistakable snub came after Obama refused to take out time during the two-day summit in his hometown to see Zardari for a face-to-face bilateral meeting.

    Pakistan is not a NATO member but was invited to the summit because of its influence in Afghanistan and providing land supply routes to allied forces in that country.

    The last minute invitation to Zardari to join the Chicago talks was a sign of US hopes that the rift had heeled.

    The US president stressed that the only exchange he had with his Pakistani counterpart was short, "very brief, as we were walking into the summit," US media reports said.

    Pak deserves US apology over NATO attack: Bilawal Bhutto

    US President Barack Obama should "show some courage" and apologise to Pakistan for a cross- border air strike by NATO forces in Afghanistan that killed 24 Pakistani soldiers last year, the ruling PPP chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has said.

    "I urge President Obama to show some courage. I understand he is running for re-election but if he is the same man who inspired the world with his message of hope and change, the future of the NATO mission in Afghanistan should be more important than poll numbers. Pakistan deserves an apology," Bilawal said. The 23-year-old nominal chief of the PPP also demanded that the US end drone strikes within Pakistani territory.

    He made the remarks while addressing a gathering of party workers and supporters in New York on Monday night.

    Bilawal said he was visiting America at "what may be the most critical point in the 65-year relationship between Pakistan and the US."

    Pakistan's envoy to the US Sherry Rehman also said that Islamabad was adamant on its demand for an apology for the NATO air strike.

    Islamabad's ties with Washington plunged to a new low after the NATO air strike on two border posts killed 24 Pakistani soldiers in November last year.

    The two sides have been unable to put their relations on an even keel due to Pakistan's insistence on an apology and a demand to end US drone strikes.

    Obama refused to hold a formal one-to-one meeting with Bilawal's father, President Asif Ali Zardari, on the margins of a NATO Summit in Chicago because of Pakistan's refusal to reopen supply routes to Afghanistan that were closed after last year's air strike.

    http://m.timesofindia.com/PDATOI/articleshow/13393908.cms
     
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    Bakistan should work on a text to demand apology from Amreeka for not apologizing for the salalalalala incident.
     
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    Declare paki fatwa against Obama, now ! :rage:
     

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