NEW DELHI: Former US President Barack Obama dismissed suggestions that Islamabad was aware of the presence of Al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.
Obama made the statement during a symposium hosted by Indian daily Hindustan Times at Hyatt Regency in New Delhi.
“We had no evidence that Pakistani government was aware of Osama bin Laden’s presence in Abbottabad,” he said.
“We obviously looked at it.”
Meanwhile, Obama launched a veiled barb at his successor Donald Trump on Friday, saying there is “a pause in American leadership” on climate change.
Since leaving office in January, Obama has been relatively restrained in his comments about Trump, who frequently fires broadsides at his predecessor’s policies.
But he took aim at the Republican president in a New Delhi speech over Trump’s threat to leave the 2015 Paris climate accord on slashing global carbon emissions.
“It is an agreement that — even though we have a little bit of a pause in American leadership — is giving our children a fighting chance,” Obama told the audience.
“And the good news is that in the United States, there are states, companies and universities and cities that are continuing to work to make sure that America lives up to that agreements that we made in the Paris accords,” he added.
Trump has threatened several times to withdraw from the Paris accord saying it is crippling US business. He has called for the agreement to be renegotiated.
Obama would not be drawn into other questions about the US administration during his appearance in New Delhi, but the former president did attack “destructive populism from the left or the right” that he called a threat to modern democracy.” – SAMAA/AFP