Pak, U.S. leaders express resolve to jointly tackle menace of terrorism
Pakistan and the United States have expressed their resolve to evolve a joint strategy to overcome problems particularly terrorism and extremism in the region, Xinhua reported, referring to the state-run APP news agency.
U.S. President Barack Obama, in his telephonic conversation Wednesday with his Pakistani counterpart Asif Ali Zardari, assured that the U.S. would continue to provide every possible assistance to Pakistan for the development of social and economic sector.
During the talks, which lasted more than 30 minutes, the two leaders discussed war on terror, bilateral and regional situation and other important issues and agreed to adopt common strategy to free the region from the menace of terrorism and extremism.
Obama said that the U.S., Pakistan and Afghanistan would " evolve a joint strategy to overcome the nuisance of terrorism and extremism."
This was Obama's first direct interaction with Zardari after taking over as president.
Zardari congratulated Obama on assuming the office of the president and hoped that the situation in the region would change and Pak-U.S. relations would be strengthened further. He also assured his full cooperation and stressed the need that problems could only be resolved with the cooperation of the two countries.
He said that U.S. should extend its full cooperation with Pakistan and Pakistan would not allow anybody to use its soil for terrorist activities and for this purpose every possible steps would be taken.
Zardari expressed the hope that the visit of U.S. special envoy Richard Holbrook would help boost understanding between the two countries.