Chidambaram cancels Washington trip

January 10th, 2009 - 10:03 pm ICT by ANI  

P. Chidambaram

New Delhi, Jan.10 (ANI): With US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice unavailable for meetings in Washington, Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram has cancelled his visit to that country.
The cancellation of the visit comes even as Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is headed for Washington next week to be among the first half-a-dozen or so foreign heads of state and government to be received by Obama within days of his swearing-in as US President.
The Americans hope to extract an assurance from Zardari during his visit that Pakistan will hand over at least one or two persons wanted by India from among its list of 20 terrorists as a token of Islamabad’’s commitment to fight terror on its soil.
State Department officials said last night that they had told India that Chidambaram was welcome to Washington at any time of his choosing, but added that Rice had her hands full with the fighting in Gaza. (ANI)

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