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US wants peace in Iraq and Afganistan: Hussain

patna Updated: Aug 08, 2010 19:30 IST

President Barack Obama's visit later this year would take bilateral relationship between India and USA to a new level and demonstrate how the two countries were working together to find solutions to pressing global challenges, US special envoy to the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), Rashad Hussain said in Patna today.

Hussain said that the Indo-US relationship would be further strengthened with the return visit of the US president to India in November.

As a special envoy to the OIC, Hussain, who was born in Bihar, seeks to ''deepen and and expand the partnership that the US has pursued with the Muslims around the world''.

Hussain said the US president was a firm believer that ''Islam rejects terrorism and our President has made it clear time and again''.

He said that the US was interested in undertaking a number of schemes for the development of the minorities, particularly the Muslims.

Referring to the United States' decision to withdraw 50,000 troops from strife torn Iraq was an indication of peace returning to Iraq and Afghanisthan, Hussain said.

He said the US President was in favour of ending the war in Iraq and Afghanistan in a responsible way and hence the US government had decided to withdraw 50,000 US troops from Iraq from next month.

The process of withdrawing troops from Afghanistan would commence from next year, as stated by the US president, Hussain, who was appointed as special envoy to the OIC having 56 nations as its members and second largest international body after the United Nations, on February 13, 2010, said.

He was speaking to reporters at the American Corner, opened recently here on the the campus of a private educational institute, IIBM.