Threats to security, economy are worldwide: Obama

Threats to security, economy are worldwide: Obama
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First Published: Sat, Apr 04 2009. 04 10 PM IST
Updated: Sat, Apr 04 2009. 04 10 PM IST
Washington: “From terrorism to the economic meltdown, problems menacing the US’ security and economy also threaten an increasingly interconnected world,” US President Barack Obama said.
“In this new century, we live in a world that has grown smaller and more interconnected than at any time in history,” Obama said in his weekly radio and Internet address, taped during his first presidential trip to Europe.
He said: “Threats to our nation’s security and economy can no longer be kept at bay by oceans or by borders drawn on maps.”
“Because no one nation can handle such threats alone, it is valuable for a president to make such trips to strengthen and protect our nation,” he said.
“Economic problems overseas mean people in those countries cannot buy the goods produced in the United States, which means more lost jobs,” he said.
“The only way out of a recession that is global in scope is with a response that is global in coordination,” he said adding: “That is why I’m pleased that after two days of careful negotiation, the G-20 nations have agreed on a series of unprecedented steps that I believe will be a turning point in our pursuit of a global economic recovery.”
“The countries are moving to get banks lending again and moving to tighten financial regulations. Common concerns extend well beyond the economy,” he said.
Obama also spoke of discussions with Russian President Dmitry Medvdev and Chinese President Hu Jintao during his trip.
“President Hu and I agreed that the link between China’s economy and ours is of great mutual benefit, and we established a new strategic and economic dialogue between the US and China,” he said.
“President Medvedev and I discussed our shared commitment to a world without nuclear weapons, and we signed a declaration putting America and Russia on the path to a new treaty to further reduce our nuclear arsenals,” he said.
Obama noted that he’s asking NATO allies for additional civilian support and assistance in Afghanistan.
“That is where al-Qaida trains, plots and threatens to launch their next attack,” the president said adding: “And that attack could occur in any nation, which means that every nation has a stake in ensuring that our mission in Afghanistan succeeds.”
Obama said that he’s been working with other nations to find common ground and strengthen our alliances, but cautioned there is more work to be done.
“But we have made real and unprecedented progress and will continue to do so in the weeks and months ahead,” he said.
He further added: “In the end, we recognize that no corner of the globe can wall itself off from the threats of the 21st century, or from the needs and concerns of fellow nations.”
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First Published: Sat, Apr 04 2009. 04 10 PM IST