Condi Arrives in New Delhi in Bid to Quell Clamor

Rice aims soothe tensions between India and Pakistan over Mumbai
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 3, 2008 3:01 AM CST
Condoleezza Rice listens to a question during a news conference in the West Bank last month. Rice has arrived in New Delhi for talks with the Indian government.   (AP Photo/Mohammed Ballas )
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(Newser) – Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice arrived in India today to help quell rising tensions between India and Pakistan, Reuters reports. Rice is to meet with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is under heavy political pressure to respond firmly to last week's Mumbai terror attacks. Pakistan denies any involvement in the attacks, but officials have warned that worsening relations between the nuclear-armed rivals may force the military to shift troops to the Indian border.

Pakistan has pledged to cooperate with the investigation into the attacks but has refused India’s request to turn over 20 known fugitives, citing lack of evidence against the men. Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari has also said he “very much doubts” the attack's surviving gunman is Pakistani, as India claims.