Hillary Clinton

US confident good relations will endure despite WikiLeaks

hillary-clintonWashington, Nov 30 : US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said Monday that good relations between the US and other countries will survive the WikiLeaks release of secret documents that detailed sensitive communications on key issues and leaders.

"I am confident that the partnerships and relationships that we have built in this administration will withstand this challenge," Clinton told reporters.

Clinton strongly condemned the release of classified material and the information contained in the reports without specifically addressing the content of the cables.


Clinton branded G-4 'self-appointed front-runners' for UNSC: WikiLeaks

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Nov 29 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asked American diplomats to gather information about deliberations among what she called "self-appointed front-runners" for a permanent seat of UN Security Council - India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, a leaked document shows.

The directions from Clinton came in a cable sent on July 31, 2009 asking US diplomats to ascertain deliberations regarding the UNSC expansion among key groups of countries, whistleblower website Wikileaks revealed as part of its leak of a cache of a quarter of a million classified State Department documents.


People's resolve and resilience more powerful than terrorists: Clinton

Hillary-ClintonWashington, Nov 25 : Saying that the "resolve and resilience" of the people is more powerful than terrorist guns and bombs, the United States Thursday assured that it stands in solidarity with India as it remembers the victims of the 2008 Mumbai terror attack.

"Now, as then, the American people stand in solidarity with the people of India and honour those who lost their lives," Secretary of state Hillary Clinton said in statement on the eve of the second anniversary of the 26/11 attack, blamed on the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba and which killed 166 people, including six Americans.


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.


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