President Barack Obama was scheduled to visit Southeast Asia's biggest mosque on November 10 and give a major speech on US-Indonesian relations in a follow-up to last year's appeal to the Muslim world from Cairo. Mr Obama's speech aims to engage Indonesians in their embrace of democracy and the free market. The much-anticipated visit to the Istiqlal Mosque and speech at the University of Indonesia were the last stops on Mr Obama's twice-postponed visit to Indonesia. The trip was cut short by several hours as the US president sought to outrace a cloud of volcanic ash spewed out by Mount Merapi in Central Java, which has severely disrupted air travel across the region. Mr Obama arrived in Indonesia on November 9 and told reporters he was ‘deeply moved’ to return to the country of his childhood. Indonesia was the second stop on Mr Obama's Asia tour, after India, and he will travel on to the Republic of Korea for the G20 summit on November 10 and end his trip in … [Read more...] about Obama to address Muslims in Jakarta mosque
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit China before his first anniversary in government on May 26, the foreign ministry said on Monday, in the latest symbolic move by the nationalist leader to cement India's ties with the world's major powers. The announcement came a week after Modi received U.S. President Barack Obama in New Delhi, promising closer cooperation to maintain free navigation in the South China Sea, deeper defense ties including work on aircraft carrier technology and more civil nuclear collaboration. China had agreed that the visit would be before the end of May, India's foreign ministry spokesman said, but the final date has yet to be set. "We want the visit to happen in the first year of the government," spokesman Syed Akbaruddin said. While Modi is keen to work more closely with Washington than his predecessors, he also wants to build strong relations with other powers including China, with whom India shares $66 billion in annual trade but has a long-running … [Read more...] about After Obama visit, India’s Modi heads to China by end of May
US President Barack Obama will visit India to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations on January 26th. The visit was made at the invitation of Indian Prime Minister (PM), Narendra Modi and will be the first time a US President has attended a Republic Day celebration, the White House said. Obama will participate in the Indian Republic Day celebration in New Delhi as the Chief Guest. During the meeting, Obama will meet with PM Modi and other Indian officials to "strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership", White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. The Obama’s visit follows up on Modi’s debut visit to Washington as India’s leader in September last year. Negotiations between India and the US on issues like climate change, an agreement on civilian nuclear plants, military purchases, and investment and manufacturing rules will be themes for discussing during the Obama’s visit to India. On January 12th, US Secretary of State John Kerry … [Read more...] about Barack Obama to visit India
The United States believes that Kashmir is an ultimate issue that has to be resolved between India and Pakistan, U.S. State Department spokesman Philip Crowley said on Friday. Crowley told reporters at the department that the ongoing U.S.- Pakistan strategic dialogue is focused on expanding bilateral relationship, and of the 13 working groups relating to the dialogue, none is on Kashmir. He said that "the United States' policy is clear: we believe that this is an ultimate issue that has to be resolved between India and Pakistan." … [Read more...] about Kashmir ultimate issue to be resolved between India and Pakistan: U.S.
U.S. President Barack Obama will meet Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House on March 5, as a potential Israeli strike on Iranian nuclear sites has become a hot topic in Washington, the White House said on Monday. Tom Donilon, the president's national security advisor who just concluded a three-day visit to Israel, relayed to Netanyahu that Obama "looks forward to meeting with him," the White House said. In his consultations with senior Israeli officials including Netanyahu, Defense Minister Ehud Barak, Chief of the General Staff Benny Gantz and National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror, Donilon addressed the "full range of security issues of mutual concern," the White House said in a statement. Donilon's visit is referred as part of the "continuous and intensive dialogue" between the two countries which reflects unshakable U.S. commitment to Israel's security. Late last month, Martin Dempsey, chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, traveled to Israel. … [Read more...] about Obama to meet Netanyahu at White House on March 5