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'Obama will face confident India'

world Updated: Dec 22, 2008 00:57 IST

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As Barack Obama prepares to assume office next month, President George W Bush has said that his successor, during his presidency, will have to face an India that is “now more confident” in its relations with Washington and “encourage” Pakistan to go after terrorists.

“Obama will face a rising China, an India that is now more confident in its relationship with the United States,” Bush told in an interview to the Washington Times.

“But at the same time, will have to deal with Pakistan, and encourage the Pakistan government to continue to go after the terrorists in the remote regions of their country,” he said.

Bush apparently referred to the landmark Indo-US nuclear deal, initiated by him along with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in July 2005, which transformed the bilateral ties.

Speaking about the challenges Obama will face during his presidency, Bush said in the newly emerging democracy of Iraq he will find it interesting to deal with elected officials as they work through their — these issues through their Parliament.

He said that Obama, who will be sworn-in as President on January 20, also will be dealing with Al Qaeda threats and that “his biggest job, and the job of future presidents, will be to work to secure the country.”

In Afghanistan, the new president will grapple with the Taliban, “which refuses to give up.”