July 19 - US Secretary of State Clinton pledges strong support to India in its fight against extremism in the wake of a recent attack in Mumbai. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
--Quality as incoming-- Secretary of State Hillary Clinton offers strong support for India's battle against extremism -- underscored by last week's deadly triple bomb attack on Mumbai. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying (English): "Let me convey, on behalf of the United States, our deep sympathies and outrage to the people and government of India in the fight, which is also our fight, against terrorism and violent extremism." At a joint news conference with the Indian Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna, Clinton also said she would press India's nuclear-armed neighbor, Pakistan, to do more to crack down on militants. SOUNDBITE: U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, saying (English): "We have made it clear to the Pakistani government that confronting violent extremism of all sorts is in its interests. We do not believe that there are any terrorists who should be given safe havens or free pass by any government. Because, left unchecked, the consequences of that kind of terrorist activity and intimidation can become very difficult to manage and control." Three blasts had rocked crowded areas of Mumbai during the evening rush hours July 13, killing 19 people and injuring more than 131. There was no immediate indication to prove that any Pakistan group was involved in the attack. The attacks took place days before talks would take place between New Delhi and Islamabad to normalize relations. Clinton's visit to India, her second as secretary of state, is aimed strengthening ties between the two nations that President Barack Obama has called natural partners. Deborah Lutterbeck, Reuters