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Obama trip ‘satisfying’,but Kashmir left out of Parliament speech: Advani

Days after Barack Obama’s India visit,senior BJP leader L K Advani on Monday said his trip had been “very satisfying”

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: November 16, 2010 2:13:48 am

Days after Barack Obama’s India visit,senior BJP leader L K Advani on Monday said his trip had been “very satisfying” from India’s point of view but noted that he did not touch upon Kashmir in his address to Parliament even though the issue was part of the US President’s speeches during his election campaign in 2008.

Advani’s latest post in his blog talks about the Obama visit. He notes that “from India’s point of view,Barack Obama’s New Delhi trip has been very satisfying (and) his Central Hall address to Members of Parliament was really superb,both in content as well as in its style of delivery”.

Advani — in the post titled ‘A global partnership’ — recalled that in the course of his election campaign,Obama had remarked that working with Pakistan and India to try to resolve the Kashmir crisis in a serious way would be among the critical tasks of his administration.

Referring to Obama’s speech in Parliament wherein he spoke about India’s civilisation,made a mention of Vivekananda and Mahatma Gandhi besides assuring support for India’s bid for a permanent seat in the UN Security Council,he said “for all Indians,what he said was important,and heartening. But what he omitted to say,I think,was no less important. There was no mention of the word Kashmir in his speech”.

Advani recalled that Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj during her meeting with Obama had emphatically told him to dispel the impression that Washington considers Pakistan as an ally and India as a market.

“I feel his speech in Parliament’s Central Hall was a conscious effort to dispel this impression that India for Americans is just a market,nothing else,” he said.

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