Terrorist attacks in Mumbai are the reason it will be re-scheduled to a later date
The U.S.-India Business Council (USIBC) told this blog via email today Nov 28 the official U.S. Trade Mission for nuclear energy, scheduled to take place starting Dec 2, will be re-scheduled to a later date. A spokesman for the Council said the reason is the terrorist attacks which took place in Mumbai this week.
The spokesman said the Council issued a statement . . .
The last thing USIBC would want to do is impose ourselves, a business delegation, on our hosts, as the government is in the midst of resolving this crisis.
We wish to express our condolences to the families who have lost loved ones. We salute the bravery of the commandos, the police, the fire brigades, and hotel staff who demonstrated courageous resolve throughout this reign of terror. We condemn this cowardly attack on innocent citizens of the world.
The New York Times reported that five members of an Orthodox Jewish center in Mumbai were found dead by Indian security forces after they stormed the complex to capture or kill the remaining terrorists. India is a center for international diamond trade which accounts, in part, for the presence of the Orthodox Jewish community there. Mumbai is a world hub for the diamond trade. India is also a leading merchant of diamonds on the Antwerp exchange.
USA Today reported in a wrap up that the terrorist attacks taking place this week appeared to be designed to destabilize the apparent growing normalization of relations between India and Pakistan.
The gunmen were members of a terrorist team that rampaged through the heart of India's commercial capital Wednesday and Thursday, killing at least 119 people, taking Western hostages and delivering an unmistakable message: This U.S.-friendly democracy of 1.2 billion people has joined the front lines of the global war on terrorism.
Reuters reported that Pakistan recognized the threat and sought to defuse a growing crisis in relations with India. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reportedly said India and Pakistan should join to defeat a common enemy, and urged New Delhi not to play politics over the attacks in Mumbai.
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