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Clinton hails Obama's 'smart leadership'

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton paid tribute on Sunday to President Barack Obama's "smart leadership in a complex world," saying his foreign policy achievements had been remarkable.

world Updated: Oct 23, 2011 22:01 IST
AFP

US secretary of state Hillary Clinton paid tribute on Sunday to President Barack Obama's "smart leadership in a complex world," saying his foreign policy achievements had been remarkable.


"What we've seen from President Obama over the last two and half years and I think remarkably with the events of the last six months is that his kind of smart leadership in a complex world is paying off," she told Fox News today.

Clinton praised Obama, her former rival, for making the call to send US special forces to kill Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden inside Pakistan, and for forging the coalition that ousted Libyan dictator Muammar Gaddafi.

"He (Obama) was the one who brought bin Laden finally down. He was the one who put together a coalition that eventually removed Gaddafi," she said.

Asked what foreign policy principle guided Obama to intervene in Uganda and Libya but not in Syria, Clinton responded: "I think it's important that in this very complex, dangerous world, we have somebody in the White House who understands that America has to lead.

"Our leadership is essential. But we have to look at every situation and make the right decision."

First Published: Oct 23, 2011 21:57 IST