Obama slow,cautious on S Asia

US Preident-lect Barack Obama has been swift with the transition,making his appointments earlier than usual given his priorities to overcome the economic crisis...

Published: January 19, 2009 12:46 am

US Preident-lect Barack Obama has been swift with the transition,making his appointments earlier than usual given his priorities to overcome the economic crisis and reshape the US agenda on climate change. But he has been cautious regarding appointments related to South Asia. After US Ambassador to India David Mulford,who even had some of his farewell parties,was asked to stay on,Assistant Secretary of State for South Asia Richard Boucher — latest recipient of Pakistan’s civilian honour Hilal-i-Quaid-i-Azam — too has been asked to continue until Obama decides on a fresh appointment. Going by the time it takes to obtain Senate confirmations for fresh appointments,officials speculate both Mulford and Boucher to be in their positions until March-April.

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