US President-elect Barack Obama on Monday said Americans stand with the people of India “in this dark time” after the Mumbai attacks and asserted that his incoming administration was “absolutely committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism”.
“In the world we seek, there’s no place for those who kill innocent civilians to advance hateful extremism,” he said at a press conference to name the new members in his cabinet, including Hillary Clinton as the Secretary of State.
“As we learned so painfully on 9/11, terror cannot be contained by borders, nor safety provided by oceans alone… Last week, we were reminded of this threat once again when terrorists took the lives of six Americans among nearly 200 victims in Mumbai,” Obama said.
The first African-American President of the US, who will take charge on January 20 next year, noted that he had called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this weekend.
“I told Prime Minister Singh that Americans stand with the people of India in this dark time. And I am confident that India’s great democracy is more resilient than killers who would tear it down,” he added.
America’s national security challenges are as grave and urgent as that of the economic crisis, he said and maintained that his incoming administration was “absolutely committed to eliminating the threat of terrorism.”
“We are fighting two wars. Old conflicts remain unresolved, and newly assertive powers have put strains on the international system. The spread of nuclear weapons raises the peril that the world’s deadliest technology could fall into dangerous hands. Our dependence on foreign oil empowers authoritarian governments and endangers our planet,” he said.