Hillary Clinton

Jindal, Hillary discount White House runs

Jindal, Hillary discount White House runsWashington, Nov 22 - Louisiana's Indian American Governor Bobby Jindal, a Republican, and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Democrat, have discounted unending speculation that they may run for the White House in 2012.

Jindal is adamant about running for re-election in Louisiana and Clinton says she loves her job as America's top diplomat.

"I'm running for re-election in 2011," Jindal told NBC Sunday. "I am running to be governor of Louisiana. There will be other candidates running for president."


Ela Bhatt honoured with Global Fairness Initiative Award

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Nov 16 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has presented the first Global Fairness Initiative Award to Ela Bhatt, founder of the Self-Employed Women's Association (SEWA) that has helped over a million women in India to move forward.

"She (Bhatt) has helped not only women in India but women in South Africa, in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and inspired so many others to find their own way forward to overcome long legacies of inequality and unfairness," Clinton said at the award ceremony held at the Kennedy Center in Washington Monday.

"She has helped us imagine and then work toward a fairer world," she said.


Clinton defends US Afghan war strategy after Karzai criticism

Clinton defends US Afghan war strategy after Karzai criticismWashington, Nov 16 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has defended the US strategy in Afghanistan after Afghan President Hamid Karzai urged Washington to reduce the visibility and intensity of its military operations in his country and end the increased American Special Operations forces night raids that aggravate Afghans and could embolden Taliban insurgents.

"We believe that the use of intelligence-driven, precision-targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is a key component of our comprehensive civilian-military operations," the BBC quoted Clinton, as saying.


Clinton defends operations in Afghanistan

Clinton defends operations in AfghanistanWashington, Nov 16 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton defended Monday the use of precision operations against insurgent leaders in Afghanistan, calling it a "key component" of the strategy.

"We believe that the use of intelligence driven, precision targeted operations against high-value insurgents and their networks is a key component" of the strategy, Clinton said.

Clinton's comments came after Afghan President Hamid Karzai criticised US-led raids intrusive into Afghan daily life. In an interview with the Washington Post, he called for a reduction of US operations and suggested the US consider winding down its military role.


Obama, Clinton visits India aimed at counter balancing rising China: Experts

Obama, Clinton visits India aimed at counter balancing rising China: ExpertsWashington/New Delhi, Oct. 30 : US President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will make trips to India and the South Asia region in the coming weeks, with an eye toward strengthening
alliances to counter-balance China.

The US "hedge" tactic is straightforward -- expand involvement in East Asia regional forums, military exercises, and agreements to include the US and India, thereby diluting Chinese opportunities for domination.

According to the Christian Science Monitor (CSM), the Obama administration has lately come around to seeing India as a key link in a regional safety net.


We need your ideas to build ties: Hillary to Indian Americans

We need your ideas to build ties: Hillary to Indian AmericansWashington, Oct 29 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has asked Indian Americans to use their connections to India to tackle tough challenges from improving global health to empowering people to improving their own lives.

"Governments alone cannot solve any of these problems. We need your ideas, and we need help from people like you," she said in video remarks to a "People-to-People Conference" to highlight the crucial role of Indian Americans in the ever-strengthening bilateral relationship ahead of President Barack Obama's India visit.


Clinton pledges American leadership in Asia

Clinton pledges American leadership in AsiaWashington, Oct 29 - US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Thursday that the US will continue to forge a leadership role in Asia, as she began a major trip to the region.

The US will use its tools of diplomacy, defence and development to maintain regional stability and promote security, economic growth and trade, Clinton said in a speech at the East-West Center in Honolulu, the first leg of her trip.


Hillary Clinton will not join Obama on India trip

Hillary Clinton will not join Obama on India trip  Washington, Oct 27 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who has played a key role in strengthening India-US relations, will not accompany President Barack Obama on his trip to India next month.

"The Secretary has been to India and has engaged Indian officials to help prepare for the president's trip," State Department spokesman P. J. Crowley told reporters here Tuesday.

"Given the competing major fora that are underway here, the secretary has her agenda; she will not join the president in India, but others will be in his delegation," he said explaining Clinton's absence from the Obama delegation.


From US to Pakistan: A $2bn military aid package

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Oct 22 : The US has announced a $2 billion package of military aid to Pakistan even as it asked Islamabad to get tough with terrorists that threaten its neighbours, the world and Pakistan itself.

The five-year assistance package covering 2012-2016 was announced by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Friday at the start of the final day of the latest Washington-Islamabad strategic talks. The deal is subject to Congressional approval.


US very bullish on India: Hillary Clinton

hilary clintonWashington, Oct 7 : As India assumes a more global leadership role, the United States is "very bullish" on India, says Secretary of State Hillary Clinton describing President Barack Obama's upcoming visit as "yet another very clear statement" of US support.

The US relationship "is going from strength to strength" she said at the 12th annual Fortune Most Powerful Women Summit here Wednesday when asked by HSBC India chief Naina Kidwai about her expectations of Obama's India visit in early November.


Clinton dismisses speculation about vice presidency

hillary clintonWashington, Oct 7 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has dismissed speculation that she could switch jobs with Vice President Joe Biden before the 2012 election.

Rumours of a possible swap elevated when Washington Post journalist Bob Woodward said on CNN Tuesday night that the White House was keeping that option open.

But the White House and Clinton have flatly rejected the suggestion.

"I have absolutely no interest and no reason for doing anything other than just dismissing these stories and moving on, because there's just no - we have no time," Clinton said Wednesday. "We have so much to do. And I think both of us are very happy doing what we're doing."


US asks India to buy American arms

Hillary ClintonWashington, Sep 29 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has urged India to "buy American" as it upgrades its defence capabilities as the United States has the finest military hardware in the world.

That was the message she gave Indian Defence Minister A. K. Antony during a 30-minute meeting Tuesday when they talked about regional issues such as Afghanistan and Pakistan, according to State Department spokesman Phillip. J. Crowley.

"They agreed that India and the United States have a mutual interest in a stable Afghanistan, and the Secretary welcomed India's contributions in terms of diplomacy and development in building its own relationship with Afghanistan," he said.


Indian American Reshma Saujani loses New York primary

Reshma SaujaniNew York, Sep 15 : A former fundraiser for Hillary Clinton, Indian American Reshma Saujani, failed in her bid to challenge veteran Democrat Carolyn Maloney in a New York party primary.

But as a first-time candidate Saujani, 34, a former hedge fund lawyer, Tuesday posed a serious challenge to Maloney, 64, in her "Silk Stocking District", which encompasses much of Manhattan's East Side and a chunk of Western Queens.

Maloney, declared the victor with 81 percent of the vote and 35 percent of precincts reporting till midnight, is all but guaranteed re-election in November in the heavily Democratic district. However, her opponent in the general election is yet to be determined.


US laying foundation for indispensable partnership with India: Clinton

US laying foundation for indispensable partnership with India: Clinton<br />
Washington, Sept. 9 : The United States is taking steps to lay the foundation for indispensable partnership with India, said Secretary of State Hilary Clinton.

Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations here on Thursday, Clinton described India as the world’s largest democracy, which has a very large convergence of fundamental values and a broad range of both national and regional interests.

"We are laying the foundation for an indispensible partnership. President Obama will use his visit in November to take our relationship to the next level," she said.


US ready to take lead in facing global challenges: Clinton

US ready to take lead in facing global challenges: ClintonWashington, Sept. 9 : U. S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said that the United States faced a number of challenges in the global context, none of which could be viewed or could exist in isolation.

Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) here, Clinton said that Washington is working to support direct talks between the Israelis and the Palestinians.


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