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Rice says Pakistan pledges to help find Mumbai suspects

December 4, 2008

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Thursday that the Pakistani government had pledged to cooperate in rounding up suspects of the Mumbai terror attacks who operated from Pakistani territory or were of Pakistani origin.

By Salman Masood and Robert F. Worth
International Herald Tribune

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meeting with Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani of Pakistan, right, in Islamabad on Thursday. Also shown in photo: U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Richard Boucher, left, and the U.S. Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne Patterson. (B.K.Bangash/The Associated Press)

Rice flew to the Pakistani capital Thursday for talks after discussions Wednesday with Indian officials in New Delhi. She stressed that both India and Pakistan should cooperate fully to investigate the Mumbai  attacks and bring to justice those who perpetrated them. More than 170 people were killed in an onslaught on targets including two luxury hotels, a Jewish center, a café and a railroad station. Of a presumed 10 attackers, all but one were killed.

“What I heard was a commitment that this is the course that will be taken,” Rice told reporters at Chaklala Air Base after meeting with President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.

In Mumbai, investigators reported Thursday that inquiries so far had produced gruesome new evidence suggesting savage treatment of some of the eight Israelis killed at the Jewish center. Some of them appeared to have strangulation marks and wounds on their bodies did not come from gunshots or grenades, Rakesh Maria, a joint commissioner of police in Mumbai, told reporters.

He said interrogation of the survivor among the attackers had provided new evidence identifying another operative of the Lashkar-e-Taiba group said to have indoctr….

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Mumbai: Pakistan Offers Joint Investigation and Cooperation

December 2, 2008

Pakistan offered Tuesday to work hand-in-hand with India to track down those responsible for the Mumbai attacks but declined to respond immediately to a demand that it hand over 20 terrorist suspects.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi suggested setting up a “joint investigation mechanism” into the assaults, which left 188 dead.

As tensions mounted between the nuclear-armed neighbours over the siege of India’s financial capital, India demanded that Pakistan arrest and extradite the list of terror suspects.

But Qureshi did not respond to the handover request.

Among the suspects was Hafiz Saeed, the founder of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group that has been accused of carrying out last week’s dramatic assault on Mumbai.

Pakistan’s prime minister said his government wanted proof of India’s allegation that all the attackers were Pakistanis.

CNN and other US networks reported that the United States had warned India in October hotels and business centres in Mumbai would be targeted by attackers coming from the sea.

One US intelligence official had named the Taj Mahal hotel, one of 10 sites hit in the 60-hour siege by gunmen, as a specific target, ABC television said.

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Obama Extends Outreach To McCain

November 18, 2008

President-elect Barack Obama and Senator John McCain agreed on Monday, in their first meeting since the election, to work together on some of the nation’s most pressing challenges, from the financial crisis to national security problems.

Above: President-elect Barack Obama met with Senator John McCain on Monday at Mr. Obama’s transition office in Chicago. At right is Rahm Emanuel, who is to serve as Mr. Obama’s chief of staff. Photo: Ozier Muhammad/The New York Times
After a private meeting in the Obama transition offices on the 38th floor of the Kluczynski Federal Building in downtown Chicago, the two men issued a joint statement saying that they agreed “that Americans of all parties want and need their leaders to come together and change the bad habits of Washington so that we can solve the common and urgent challenges of our time.”

The New York Times

The statement continued: “We hope to work together in the days and months ahead on critical challenges like solving our financial crisis, creating a new energy economy, and protecting our nation’s security.”

There were few other clues to the dynamics between the two men, who until two weeks ago were vying for the presidency, and whose relations during the campaign were at times a bit frosty. When a reporter asked Senator McCain at the outset of the meeting on Monday whether he would help Mr. Obama with his administration, he replied, “Obviously.”

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Bush and Obama Teams: Thoughtful, Peaceful, Lawful Transition of Power

November 9, 2008

While meeting with a group of immigrants to American on the night of Barack Obama’s election last Tuesday, several new Americans said they could never have voted in the nation of their birth — or their vote was just for show and not counted by the ruling powers.  Others said they had never witnessed a peaceful transition of political power…


By Robert Barnes, Dan Eggen and Anne E. Kornblut
Washington Post Staff Writers
Sunday, November 9, 2008; Page A01

Faced with one of the most important transfers of presidential power in American history — amid wars on two fronts, the looming threat of terrorism at home and a full-blown economic crisis — the outgoing Bush administration and the incoming Obama team have responded with exceptional cooperation on those issues, aides and outside experts say.

Serious decisions, and potentially divisive ones, still remain for the politically and ideologically divided camps, such as access to classified information and, in particular, battles over the regulations and executive orders that will define the policy of the two administrations.

But the days since Tuesday’s election have shown a striking level of comity following the rancor of the campaign, enhanced by President Bush‘s months-long efforts to pave the way for a smooth transition and President-elect Barack Obama‘s preelection determination to move quickly.

“Ensuring that this transition is seamless is a top priority for the rest of my time in office,” Bush said in his weekly radio address yesterday. “My administration will work hard to ensure that the next president and his team can hit the ground running.”

Bush has created a transition coordinating council, populated by experts from inside and outside the administration, and has streamlined the process for obtaining security clearances for key transition officials. National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell flew to Chicago on Thursday to deliver Obama his first daily intelligence briefing.

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By Jim Rutenberg
The New York Times

There is a great tradition of paint-peeling political hyperbole during presidential campaign years. And there is an equally great tradition of backing off from it all afterward, though with varying degrees of deftness.

But given the intensity of some of the charges that have been made in the past few months, and the historic nature of Mr. Obama’s election, the exercise this year has been particularly whiplash-inducing, with its extreme before-and-after contrasts.

The shift in tone follows the magnanimous concession speech from Mr. McCain, of Arizona, who referred to Mr. Obama’s victory Tuesday night as “a historic election” and hailed the “special pride” it held for African-Americans. That led the vice president-elect, Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr., to get into the act. During the campaign, Mr. Biden said he no longer recognized Mr. McCain, an old friend. Now, he says, “We’re still friends.” President Bush, in turn, also hailed Mr. Obama’s victory, saying his arrival at the White House would be “a stirring sight.”

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Biden, Muzzle off, Says Of McCain: He Never Gives Up

November 1, 2008

The muzzle is off.

Joe Biden stopped by a local burger joint for late night take-out, but wound up taking 12 minutes of questions from national reporters who haven’t been able to talk to the Delaware Senator since a flight to Kalispell, MT on September 7th.

By Aaron Bruns, Fox News 

So did the gaffe-prone VP nominee feel pressure from the campaign not to talk to the press?

Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., ... 
Democratic vice presidential candidate Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., scratches his head while speaking during his Road to Change bus tour across Ohio at Lima High School in Lima, Ohio Friday, Oct. 31, 2008.(AP Photo/Madalyn Ruggiero)

“If I’m muzzled, I don’t know,” Biden said. “I’ve done 200 interviews. I’ve been doing, you know, half a dozen to a dozen satellite feeds everyday. I’m doing shows, I mean, so, no one said anything to me about it.”

Biden told the small media throng inside the classic Lima diner that while he feels good, he expects a tight race.

This election is going to be a lot closer than everybody thinks it is,” Biden said. “I think it’s going to be close in Florida, it’s going to be close here, it’s going to be close in Missouri, I think it’s going to close – I don’t think it will be that close in Pennsylvania, I feel very good about Pennsylvania.”

“I think it’s going to be close in North Carolina, um, you know, Virginia feels really good but, you know, it ain’t till it happens,” he laughed. “We’re going everywhere. Montana, Arizona, I mean we’re everywhere we can be.”

McCain, he said, isn’t going away quietly. “One of the things I’ve admired about John, and I’ve considered him — why I’ve considered him a friend. He does, he never gives up,” said Biden. “I just hope when it’s over, win or lose, you walk up and you shake hands and say John, we’ve got a lot of work to do.”

The VP nominee said he’s glad to hear that McCain is closing out his TV campaign with a positive ad. “I hope John ends this campaign with his strength,” he said. ” I think it’s just not a good thing to, win or lose it’s not a good thing to end in sort of this tough environment. No matter what.”

As for his relationship with the man he calls a good friend? “I hope it’s intact,” he said.” John and I haven’t had a chance to speak. We have not had a chance to speak.”

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Musharraf makes stability a priority

March 10, 2008

By Thomas Houlahan
The Washington Times
March 10, 2008

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A relaxed and confident President Pervez Musharraf said in an interview that political stability is his top priority and that a war between the presidency and the newly elected parliament would be catastrophic.
“I’m looking forward to working with this government for the full five years,” Mr. Musharraf said. “Even my harshest critics have agreed that the recent elections were free and fair. Now, I want to build on that.”
The interview was conducted Wednesday afternoon in a guest lodge adjacent to Mr. Musharraf’s residence in the Islamabad suburb of Rawalpindi.

In this picture released by Pakistan's Press Information Department, ...
In this picture released by Pakistan’s Press Information Department, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, right, meets Pakistan’s President Pervez Musharraf in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on Tuesday, March 4, 2008. (AP Photo/Press Information Department, HO)

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Merkel says Russia, Europe must work together

March 8, 2008

NOVO OGARYEVO, Russia (AFP) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Vladimir Putin on Saturday that there is no alternative to cooperation between Russia and Europe.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir ...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk during their meeting in Novo Ogaryovo. Putin has warned Merkel that relations between the West and his successor, Dmitry Medvedev, would not be “more simple.
(AFP/Alexander Nemenov)

Germany and Russia, Europe and Russia, are interdependent. We must find a way to go forward together. There are many things to do,” she said at the start of talks with Putin just outside Moscow.

However Merkel, who was later to meet with Russia’s president-elect Dmitry Medvedev, also alluded to East-West strains that have worsened during Putin’s tenure.

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Canada: Bad Human Rights Record Not Grounds to End International Cooperation

January 4, 2008

By Jim Bronskill And Sue Bailey, The Canadian Press

OTTAWA – Human rights abuses are not necessarily enough to keep Canada from sharing information with security agencies overseas, Ottawa tells a federal inquiry on torture in a newly released submission.

Canada must maintain relationships with “non-traditional” allies, some of whom do not always treat people appropriately, in order to fight terrorism, says a government brief made public Thursday.

“The fact that a particular country may have a poor human rights record is not sufficient, without other compelling circumstances, to preclude the sharing of information.”

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Vietnam Seeking Greater International Role in 2008

January 2, 2008

The People’s Daily, China
January 2, 2008

Vietnam will play a more active role in world affairs this year with its external relation orientations centering on joining activities of the UN Security Council, and fostering economic diplomacy, local newspaper Vietnam News reported Wednesday.

Vietnamese Deputy Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Gia Khiem has set this year’s five tasks for the country’s diplomats.

First, continue to strengthen cooperation with other countries, bring into full play Vietnam’s role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, take part more actively in multilateral forums, and enthusiastically join the settlement of global issues.

Second, step up external activities in the service of the local economy, deploy a government action plan and a party resolution for rapid, sustainable development of the economy, and accelerate multilateral cooperation in culture, education, science and technology.

Third, strive to complete the demarcation of boundaries and the planting of landmarks with neighboring countries before the end of 2008.

Fourth, keep on quickening the implementation of a party resolution and a government action plan on overseas Vietnamese, and create more favorable conditions for them to successfully integrate into their host countries, while contributing to the national construction and defense of their homeland.

Fifth, reinforce efforts to renew and increase the efficiency of external information and cultural services of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with external political and economic tasks.

Source: Xinhua

Vietnam and Russia feel out new areas for cooperation

October 21, 2007

Deputy Ministry of Planning and Investment Cao Viet Sinh identified hi-tech industries, IT, finance, banking, new materials production, agriculture processing and pharmaceutical as promising sectors for bilateral co-operation between Vietnam and Russia.The deputy minister made the comments at a conference held on October 19 in the capital city, adding that Vietnam always attached great importance to promoting cooperation with Russia, especially in the fields of trade and investment.

In the past few years, two-way trade increased significantly, reaching US $869 million last year. Vietnam shipped seafood, rubber and agricultural products to Russia and in turn imported machines, equipment, fertilisers, petroleum and iron from Russia.

Trade between the two nations would likely hit about US $1 billion by the year-end and US $2 billion by 2010, Mr Sinh predicted.

Currently, Russia ranked 24th among 79 countries and territories making investments in Vietnam with 54 projects capital totalling US $300 million, while Vietnam pumped US $73 million into 11 projects in Russia.

Addressing October 19 event, Yu V. Yumin, Commerce Representative of the Russian Federation in Vietnam, said he hoped that the forum would help the two countries’ enterprises find out new cooperation opportunities.

The event, entitled “Trade, economic, industrial and technology cooperation between Russia and Vietnam: current state and perspectives” was held on the sideline of the 16th International Industrial Fair. (VNA)