November 24, 2009
Posted: 1733 GMT

Hello everyone,

As I write this, the Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh is addressing journalists at the White House, highlighting the importance of his country's economic relationship with America. In the news conference, U.S. President Barack Obama also underlined what bonds the two countries: the United States is India's largest trading partner.

This will be the first "state dinner" of Barack Obama's presidency, the highest honor America can extend to visiting leaders.

But this visit isn't only about business: India is a crucial strategic partner for the United States. Mister Obama wants Prime Minster Singh to know that despite the fact that he is busy with Afghanistan, Pakistan and recently visited China, India is not forgotten.

We will go live to Washington, D.C. for more on the visit.

Then, we will take you live to London for more on the British inquiry now under way on why Britain took part in the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Tony Blair is expected to be one of the star witnesses in the next few months.

Paula Newton will have more on the inquiry panel and on the significance of a public debate on why the U.K. followed the United States into Iraq.

Also today, I will speak with Vincent Brossel of Reporters Without Borders on what could turn out to be the biggest single massacre of journalists. Up to twenty journalists may have been savagely killed in an attack on allies of a local politician in the Southern Philippines, in which almost 50 were killed.

The bloody clan turf war in that part of the country routinely claims lives. We will cover that story form all angles.

We are live in Jerusalem for more on statements by Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu, who's been dampening expectations of a prisoner swap deal with Hamas that could leave to the release of Hamas captive Gilad Shalit.

We are also live on Wall Street, in Islamabad, Madrid and in Mecca.

See you at the IDesk!


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Muthyavan.   November 24th, 2009 9:48 pm ET

India world biggest democracy has a major role to play in strengthening world future on establishing a true democratic rule in all countries along with another world powerful democratic allay US. Problems In Afghanistan which was the cause started from Pakistan involvements the great China and its policy of expansionism in Asia all are behind the fact of total absence of true democracy in these countries.

The frightening execution of a candidate in the coming election along with twenty journalist in Philippines is the world worst news at the moment. This too was a failure in enforcing a true democratic rule in the past and what needs for the moment is the prompt act by rule of the land taking strong action against the clan responsible for the crime.
Will the present prisoner swap in Jerusalem will lead to another round up of intensive fighting in Palestine like before killing thousands of innocent civilians in Gaza and Israel ?. Or This exchange will be a step toward establishing a long standing peace in Palestine. Both Ha mas and Prime minister Netanyahu has a last change in history to prove that they will bury their deep difference and work out in establishing a long friendship to work out a lasting peace among all Palestine communities.

A. Smith, Oregon   November 26th, 2009 11:43 pm ET

A very rapid Afghanistan War solution can be had if the Indian President decides to work with President Obama to do so.

For a very long time there has been a Proxy War in Afghanistan between India and Pakistan. India is backing the Pashtun Fighters, while Pakistan is backing the Taliban Fighters to take the Pashtun's tribal lands in Afghanistan.

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