Obama calls Manmohan on ’successful action’ against Osama

May 10th, 2011 - 10:30 am ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Washington, May 10 (IANS) US President Barack Obama spoke with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about the killing of Osama bin Laden, the White House announced without a mention of neighbouring Pakistan.

The White House’s readout of Obama’s call with Manmohan Singh gave no details other than that they discussed “the successful American action against Osama bin Laden”.

Obama and Manmohan Singh spoke as the US-Pakistani relationship hit a new low over what Islamabad calls a violation of Pakistani sovereignty in the May 2 US raid on the Al Qaeda leader’s hideout in Abbottabad garrison town, just 50 km from the Pakistani capital.

India has long shared American concerns that Pakistan remains a haven for terrorism, especially after the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks, blamed on Pakistan based terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT).

The White House said in its statement that Obama and Singh also discussed the “progress in implementing the initiatives launched during the president’s November 2010 visit to India.”

White House readout of the call said: “President Obama spoke with Indian Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh this morning to discuss the successful American action against Osama Bin Laden and to review progress in implementing the initiatives launched during the President’s November 2010 visit to India.

“The two leaders re-affirmed their commitment to building a global, strategic partnership, including defence cooperation, and looked forward to the upcoming meetings of the Strategic Dialogue, the Homeland Security Dialogue, the Joint Space Working Group, and the High-Technology Cooperation Group.

“The two leaders also discussed global and regional issues of mutual concern.”

(Arun Kumar can be contacted at arun.kumar@ians.in)

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