Victoria Nuland

  • US looking forward to timely free and fair elections in Pak March 23, 2013

    Washington: The United States is looking forward to timely, free and fair elections in Pakistan, a State Department official said on Friday, after the announcement of the schedule of the national elections in Islamabad. "We do understand that Pakistan has announced the date for the National Assembly elections of May...
  • US denies plotting to kill Venezuelan opposition leader March 19, 2013

    Washington: The Obama administration on Monday rejected accusations of any US involvement in a plot to assassinate a Venezuelan opposition leader. "Let me say it here extremely clearly, looking right at you, the United States categorically rejects allegations of any US government involvement in any plot to destabilise the Venezuelan government...
  • Terror is the biggest threat in India, US: Foreign Secy February 22, 2013

    Washington: As Hyderabad was hit by twin blasts on Thursday, India's top diplomat Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai was in the US outlining terrorism as a significant security challenge. Mathai said that India could face an increased terror threat from Afghanistan in the years ahead. Mathai said that terror is a...
  • US to raise passport map issue with China November 28, 2012

    Washington: The United States will raise concerns with China over a new map in Chinese passports which details claims to disputed maritime territory, alarming some of its Southeast Asian neighbors, the State Department said on Tuesday. "We do have concerns about this map which is causing tension and anxiety between and...
  • US aid to India drops during economic crisis November 11, 2012

    Washington: The US aid to India has dropped by over 25 per cent since 2010, as the country goes through a grave economic crisis but the Obama Administration has adopted a new model of assistance to focus on poverty alleviation and addressing security challenges like terrorism. From a total assistance...
  • US refrains from commenting on Krishna's resignation October 27, 2012

    Washington: Amid reports of Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna's resignation, US refrained from expressing its views on the resignation as this has not been formally announced, the State Department said. "We've seen the press reports that he's offered to resign. To my understanding, there are still ongoing discussions...
  • Assange making wild allegations against us: US August 21, 2012

    The Obama administration has accused WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange of making wild assertions against the US and say it's to deflect attention from the sexual misconduct allegations he faces in Sweden. ...
  • US downplays Manmohan Singh's visit to Iran August 15, 2012

    Washington: Downplaying the significance of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's upcoming visit to western sanctions hit Iran, the US has hoped he would convey to Tehran the importance of meeting its international obligations. "We would hope, as we always do when our partners and allies are involved in any kind of...
  • US backs India on punishing 26/11 plotters June 28, 2012

    Washington: Welcoming the arrest of Abu Jundal, a key planner of the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack, the United States has vowed to continue to support India's efforts to bring its perpetrators to justice. "We are aware of these reports that one of the suspected planners of the 2008 terrorist attack in...
  • Indian professionals welcome, says US May 11, 2012

    Washington: With India threatening to drag the US to the WTO against its discriminatory visa fee hike,a senior state department official has said professional Indians are welcome in America. "We understand that the demand (for professional visas) is even greater. We're working through those issues. But...
  • Yousuf Raza Gilani still Pakistan PM: US April 28, 2012

    Washington: The US has said it continues to work with Pakistan Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani as it believes that he remains leader of the democratic government there. "There was a court decision. He was given a 30second sentence, I believe, and he remains the prime minister of Pakistan," State...
  • US hopes India, Pakistan will build on progress April 10, 2012

    Washington: Welcoming the Delhi meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Asif Ali Zardari, the United States has expressed the hope that the two South Asian neighbours continue their dialogue. "We hope that India and Pakistan continue to build on this progress, and we look forward to more such meetings,"...
  • Karzai's willingness to talk to Taliban gratifies US February 22, 2012

    Washington The US was pleased by the willingness expressed by Afghan President Hamid Karzai to talk directly to the Taliban, State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland has said. "I think we have been gratified to see President Karzai speaking out publicly in support of AfghantoAfghan reconciliation," she told reporters at a briefing...
  • US concerned as Egypt activists face trial February 6, 2012

    Ireland, The United States has said it was "deeply concerned" at the news that dozens of activists including 19 Americans could go on trial in Egypt over the alleged illegal funding of aid groups. "We have seen media reports that judicial officials in Egypt intend to forward a number of cases...
  • Did not sideline Pak in Taliban peace talks: US January 27, 2012

    Washington: US has termed as 'untrue' sentiments inside Pakistan that it was being sidelined by the Obama Administration in peace talks with the Taliban. "Absolutely untrue", State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland said, when asked there was a feeling inside Pakistan that they are being sidelined in these talks with Taliban. "We have...
  • US happy with Pak talking to resolve stalemate January 25, 2012

    Washington: The United States has expressed satisfaction that various wings of the establishment in Pakistan are talking to each other to resolve the ongoing stalemate. "We are pleased to see that the groups are talking to each other and trying to work through these issues," Victoria Nuland, State Department spokesperson told...
  • US defends Jay Leno's right to free speech January 24, 2012

    Washington: Amid controversy over popular TV host Jay Leno's remarks on the Golden Temple, the US has defended his right to free speech terming his comments as "satirical" while applauding contributions of SikhAmericans. "I think that Leno would be appreciative if we make the point that his comments are constitutionally protected...
  • US asks Iran to cooperate with IAEA January 24, 2012

    Washington: The US has asked Iran to cooperate with the International Atomic Energy Agency when their inspectors visit the country, even as Tehran threatened to close down the strategic Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for oil sanctions. "We call on Iran to cooperate fully with the IAEA on this trip," State...
  • Russia Syria jet deal reports concerning: US January 24, 2012

    Washington: The US has expressed concern over reports that Syria has inked a $ 550 million contract to purchase advanced training fighter jets from Russia. "If it is accurate, it would be quite concerning," State Department spokesperson, Victoria Nuland, told reporters when asked about reports that Russia would be supplying combat jets...
  • 'SikhAmericans contributed greatly to US' January 24, 2012

    Washington: The Obama Administration on Monday praised the contribution of SikhAmericans to the United States, as it termed the controversial remarks of a popular television host on the Golden Temple as "satirical" in nature. "I think that Leno would be appreciative if we make the point that his comments are...
  • US acknowledges 'goof up' in its India maps January 5, 2012

    Washington: As US State Department on Wednesday posted a new map of India reflecting its long standing official position on the country's geographical boundaries, its spokesman acknowledged of having made a "goof up" in this regard, which had resulted in a strong objection from New Delhi. "We made a goof and...
  • US for bilateral channels to resolve Kashmir issue January 5, 2012

    Washington: The US on Wednesday said it believes that Kashmir issue can be best resolved through bilateral channels between India and Pakistan and praised the resumption of talks between the two neighbours. "The US believes that this (Kashmir) issue is best solved in bilateral channels. We've been very supportive of...
  • Map showing PoK in Pak not removed from US site January 4, 2012

    New Delhi: The US state department triggers a fresh MAP controversy after posting a new map of India on its official website that reflects the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir as a disputed territory. Last year in November the state department was criticised by the ministry of external affairs for...
  • No cut in $ 700 mn aid to Pakistan: US December 14, 2011

    The US state department spokesperson said that it is an ongoing move in the Congress right now. ...
  • No cut in $ 700 mn civilian aid to Pakistan: US December 14, 2011

    Washington: Struggling hard to restore its ties with Pakistan in the aftermath of NATO air strike last month, the Obama Administration on Tuesday said that it has not cut any civilian aid to Pakistan, noting that this is an ongoing move in the Congress right now. "Well, first of all,...
  • US working on plight of Trivalley students October 27, 2011

    Washington: The United States has assured India that it was 'continuing to work' on the issue of hundreds of Indian students affected by the 'horrible visa scam' by California based 'sham' TriValley University. Some 85 per cent of over 1500 TVU students were Indian, mostly from Andhra Pradesh. US authorities are...
  • Engagement with Pakistan will continue: US October 7, 2011

    Washington: A State Department official on Thursday said that the US would continue to work to improve its relationship with Pakistan. "As we've said many times over the last couple of days and weeks, we are engaged intensively with Pakistan at all levels. That engagement will continue," the State Department spokesperson,...
  • US reviewing to designate Haqqani network as FTO September 28, 2011

    Washington: The US is reviewing whether to designate the dreaded Haqqani network based in Pakistan as a foreign terrorist organisation (FTO), even as it has already slapped sanctions on seven of its "kingpins", including Badruddin Haqqani who was designated as a global terrorist. "We are continuing to review whether to designate...
  • Protests in India an internal matter: US August 19, 2011

    Washington: The US has asserted widespread protests in India against corruption is an internal matter and it is confident that New Delhi will tackle the popular concerns using democratic tools. "Let me start by saying that the ongoing situation in India is an internal matter for Indians. The US does not...
  • BJP slams US State Depart's remarks on Anna August 12, 2011

    New Delhi: BJP on Friday slammed the remarks of a the US State Department on Anna Hazare, saying no country has any right or authority to advise India on how it handles protests. "...India is a sovereign country and no country, including the US, has got any right or authority to...