- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 30, 2002

Jordan's condolences
The Jordanian Embassy has condemned the killing of U.S. diplomat Lawrence Foley and sent condolences to his family.
"The Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan extends its deepest condolences to the family and friends of Foley, who was killed in a horrible attack [Monday morning] in Amman," the embassy said this week in a statement.
"In this time of determination and vigilance, our thoughts and prayers go to Mr. Foley's wife and three children."
The embassy also expressed its condolences to the U.S. government "for this senseless murder of one of its members."
"We condemn this criminal aggression, which is an attack on Jordan and its national security," the embassy added. "Jordanian authorities will spare no effort toward the capture and punishment of the criminals involved in this attack."
In Jordan on Monday, Foreign Minister Marwan Muasher and Planning Minister Bassem Awad Allah visited the U.S. Embassy and expressed their sympathies to Ambassador Edward Gnehm. Mr. Muasher promised Jordan will "find the criminals and punish them."
Mr. Foley, a senior administrator for the U.S. Agency for International Development, was fatally shot Monday morning as he was leaving his home for his office in the Jordanian capital.

Indian politics
Indian Ambassador Lalit Mansingh called on Indian-Americans to stop building temples and mosques and get involved in politics.
Mr. Mansingh delivered his get-out-and-vote message last week in Arkansas, which has one of the country's most hotly contested races for control of the U.S. Senate in the Nov. 5 election.
"Everybody else takes part in the political process of this country. Why not the Indian-Americans?" Mr. Mansingh asked hundreds of Indian-Americans on his visit to Huntsville. "I think we have built enough temples. We have enough mosques."
Indian-Americans are known for pursuing careers in medicine, engineering, business and academia, but, as the Huntsville Times reported, Mr. Mansingh said, parents should also encourage their children to run for office.
Mr. Mansingh said he was happy to visit the South.
"Since I arrived in Alabama, I've been sensing, feeling, absorbing your Southern hospitality," he said. "We share a lot of values in common. We share democracy."
India is the world's most populous democracy.
Arkansas voters will chose between incumbent Republican Tim Hutchinson and Democrat Mark Pryor. Indian-Americans tend to vote Democratic.

Kashmir terrorism
Meanwhile in India, U.S. Ambassador Robert Blackwill yesterday said terrorism in Kashmir is caused by militants infiltrating the Indian-controlled part of the disputed region.
By implication, he was rejecting Pakistani claims that violence in Kashmir is caused by the majority Muslim population fighting for independence from Hindu-dominated India. Mr. Blackwill noted the increased tensions in the region since the Dec. 13 attack on the Indian Parliament, which India blamed on Islamic terrorists based in Pakistan.
"I want to make it clear, with respect to the tension that existed after December 13, that India was a victim of terrorism, so I have no intention of criticizing India's response to terrorism or terrorist activities," Mr. Blackwill told reporters in New Delhi.
"The problem obviously in Kashmir is cross-border terrorism. It's virtually now, in my judgment, entirely externally driven, almost entirely externally driven."

Expression of sympathy
The U.S. ambassador to Russia expressed his sympathy to the families of the hostages killed when Russian troops stormed a movie theater to free them from Chechen terrorists.
"We Americans well remember the reaction of ordinary Russians who hastened to lay flowers and mourn with us for the losses we suffered on September 11 last year," Ambassador Alexander Vershbow said in Russian in a televised statement.
"That reaction touched us immensely. Today I want to tell all Russians that we mourn your losses and stand by your side in the battle against terrorism."

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