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What's on Obama's international diary

india Updated: Nov 08, 2012 01:05 IST
Hindustan Times
US elections

The rest of the world barely got a mention in the US elections, but what is on Obama's international diary in the remaining two months of the year is already clear.

There has been speculation that if Obama won a second term, the US, which has not had diplomatic relations with Iran for three decades, might seek to engage it in direct talks.

Obama wants to curb an Iranian nuclear programme, which he believes has a military purpose, despite Iran's denials.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces an even more awkward time with Washington and re-energised critics at home who accused him Tuesday of backing the loser in the US presidential election.

With Iran topping his conservative agenda, Netanyahu will have to contend with a strengthened second-term Democratic president after four years of frosty dealings with Obama and a rift over how to curb Tehran's nuclear programme.

Western efforts to oust Syrian President Bashar Assad shifted dramatically Wednesday, with Britain announcing it will deal directly with rebel military leaders and Turkey saying Nato members have discussed using Patriot missiles to protect a safe zone inside Syria.

The developments came within hours of Obama's re-election, with US allies anticipating a new, bolder approach from the American president to end the deadlocked civil war.

Obama will visit Yangon later this month, a Myanmar government official said Wednesday, in the latest sign of Washington's support for reforms in the former pariah state.

"Obama will come to Yangon on November 19. He will meet with the president and Daw (honorific) Aung San Suu Kyi here," the official told AFP on condition of anonymity, adding further details were unavailable because of security concerns.