Bush discusses India with diplomats, security team

US President George W. Bush conferred with diplomatic officials Saturday at presidential retreat Camp David about the attacks in India that have raised tensions in the region. Bush planned to make a brief statement about the attacks upon his return to the White House later Saturday after spending the holiday weekend at the retreat in Maryland. Among those participating in the secure video-teleconference were US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice; David Mulford, the US ambassador to India; Paul Folmsbee, consul general at the US consulate in Mumbai, India; and members of Bush's national security team. "President Bush thanked our ambassador and our consul general for all the work they've done to help Americans affected by the terrorists," White House press secretary Dana Perino said. US President-elect Barack Obama called Indian Prime Minister Singh on Friday night to offer condolences and said he was monitoring the situation.