Washington, Oct 13 : Saying that "Pakistan has to be part of the solution, or they will continue to be part of the problem" in Afghanistan, the US is pushing Pakistan on several issues on which it holds Islamabad accountable.
"Everybody knows Pakistan has a big stake in the outcome of what goes on across their border, and they are going to be involved one way or the other," Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said after a lecture on American Global Leadership at the Centre for American Progress Wednesday.
Washington, Oct 13 - US State Secretary Hillary Clinton Wednesday vowed to hold Iran accountable for its alleged involvement in a "terror plot" to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to Washington, Xinhua reported.
This plot was "a flagrant violation of international and US law and a dangerous escalation of the Iranian government's long-standing use of political violence and sponsorship of terrorism," Clinton said during an event organised by the Centre for American Progress.
"This kind of reckless act undermines international norms and the international system," she said. "Iran must be held accountable for its actions."
Washington, Oct 12 - Describing the first Indo-US Higher Education Summit being held here Thursday as "a very big deal", a US official called it part of a continuing efforts to increase academic exchanges.
"Well, this education summit is a very big deal," State Department spokesman Victoria Nuland told reporters Tuesday ahead of the summit co-chaired by India's Minister of Human Resource Development Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at Georgetown University.
"This goes to our continuing effort to increase student-student exchanges; Americans living, learning, and working in India; Indians living, learning, and working here," she said.
Washington, Oct 11 - The US and India hold their first ever higher education summit here Thursday aimed at strengthening higher education collaboration and exchanges between their institutions.
Co-chaired by India's Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the summit will provide a platform for government and education leaders to outline their vision for 21st century education engagement.
Washington, Oct 10 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that Washington is committed to having a long term relationship with Pakistan “despite the complexities and challenges that sometimes arise”.
“Though we have had our differences, both of our countries recognise the critical need for continued cooperation across a wide range of issues and especially in our shared fight against terrorism. Together we have worked to destroy, dismantle and defeat al Qaeda,” The Nation quoted her, as saying.
Washington, Oct 10 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said India’s leadership will positively “help to shape” the future not only of South and Central Asia, but also of the Asia Pacific region.
She also urged India not just to “Look East, but to engage the East”, The Nation reports.
Appreciating India’s engagement with other countries, Clinton said it could serve as a model for the entire region.
She further insisted that Washington is committed to having a strong and constructive relationship with India and China. (ANI)
Washington, Oct 8 - With the share of foreign investment coming into the US falling down dramatically, officials and business leaders are looking at ways to attract investments from India, China, Brazil and other emerging economies.
Hosting a discussion of the President's Jobs Council here Friday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the body will make recommendations to President Barack Obama on ways to make the US more attractive to foreign companies.
Washington, Sept 30 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has renewed calls on Pakistan to eliminate terrorist sanctuaries on its soil.
At the same time, she said that the Obama administration would want to continue to work towards better bilateral ties in Pakistan.
“We are certainly making clear that we want to see an end to safe havens and any kind of support from anywhere for terrorists inside Pakistan, and we also want to continue to work to put our relationship on a stronger footing,” Clinton told reporters at a joint press availability with visiting Nigerian Foreign Minister Olugbenga Ashiru.
New York, Sep 27 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Tuesday asked India to ensure that its nuclear liability regime conforms with the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage.
Clinton made the call in a 40 minute meeting here on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly session with Indian External Affairs Minister S. M. Krishna, according to a senior State Department Official.
Washington, Sept 23: A top US senator has urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to include the militant Haqqani network in a terror blacklist in the wake of the latest Afghan attacks.
Senate Intelligence Committee Chairwoman Dianne Feinstein's comments came after the top US military official, Admiral Mike Mullen, said the Haqqani network "acts as a veritable arm of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency," The Dawn reports.
Washington, Sept 17: A new poll has shown that US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton has overtaken President Barack Obama as the Americans' favourite politician.
A Bloomberg National Poll has shown that nearly two-thirds of respondents favoured Clinton, while one-third said the US would have been better off now had she become President in 2008.
"Looking back, I wonder if she would have been a stronger leader, knowing the games and the politics and all that goes on. I don't think she would have bent as much," Susan Dunlop, a Florida- based housewife said.
Washington, Sep. 16 : The United States Government has declared the Indian Mujahideen a terrorist outfit.
In a statement, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton designated the Indian Mujahideen (IM) as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO) under Section 219 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and as a Specially Designated Global Terrorist under section 1(b) of Executive Order 13224.
An India-based terrorist group with significant links to Pakistan, IM is responsible for dozens of bomb attacks throughout India since 2005, and has caused the deaths of hundreds of innocent civilians.
Washington, Sep 14 - The US has designated eight nations as Countries of Particular Concern for "particularly severe violations of religious freedom", but spared ally Pakistan even as it expressed concern about increasing extremism and intolerance there.
"In Pakistan, the government has not reformed a blasphemy law that has been used to prosecute religious minorities and, in some cases, Muslims who promote tolerance or to settle personal vendettas," a US official acknowledged Tuesday, briefing reporters on a new report on International Religious Freedom.
Washington, Sep 10 - US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that Al Qaeda was behind a new but unconfirmed terrorist threat against the US.
She was referring to the warning issued by the Department of Homeland Security Thursday night about "a specific, credible, but unconfirmed" terror plot to target New York and Washington, Xinhua reported.
Speaking at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York ahead of a key 9/11 anniversary, Clinton said a latest report showed that Al Qaeda is attempting to attack the US, in particular, to target New York and Washington.
Washington, Aug 22 : US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has expressed `deep disappointment' over the jail terms given to two American citizens found guilty of spying in Iran.
Shane Bauer and Josh Fattal were sentenced in Tehran on Saturday to three years for illegally entering Iran and five years for spying, the BBC reports.
The men have been denying charges against them ever since they were detained, saying that they had accidentally entered Iran while hiking in Iraq in July 2009.
Their lawyer has said they intend to appeal against the verdict.
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