Pak-US ties: Zardari urges ‘clear’ terms of engagement

Tells Grossman that peaceful Afghanistan is in the interest of Pakistan.


Express August 02, 2011

ISLAMABAD:


President Asif Ali Zardari emphasised upon the need for lucid terms of understanding between Pakistan and the US regarding the strategic alliance in the war against terror.


Contradictory positions on important issues and unilateral actions have adversely affected bilateral ties in recent times, the president asserted during his meeting with Ambassador Marc Grossman, US Special Representative for Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Ambassador Grossman was accompanied by Ambassador Cameron Munter, Ambassador Ryan Crocker, Rear Admiral Philip Davidson, and other senior officials. Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Abdul Hafeez Sheikh, Federal Minister for Finance, Rehman Malik, Federal Minister for Interior, Salman Faruqui, Secretary General to the President, Syeda Sughra Imam, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Farhatullah Babar, presidential spokesman, also attended the meeting.

Farhatullah Babar, talking to the media after the meeting, said that Pak-US bilateral relationship, war against militants as well as the regional situation, with special reference to Afghanistan, were discussed during the meeting.

He said that the president made it clear that the absence of definitive and documented terms of engagements hamper diplomatic ties between allies. Hence, these should be clearly defined and mutually agreed upon in any future interaction between Pakistan and the US.



Published in The Express Tribune, August 2nd, 2011.

COMMENTS (27)

Malik Sajjad | 9 years ago | Reply

@Tony Singh: Mr.Tommy Singh Sheikh Chilli if you will all didn't stop the propaganda against Pakistan then we will not speak our guns will. If we will get Kashmir then India will be in our Feets. just see the time, Time will told you everything. We are a Peacefull Country but you are not stopping the Poisons in our lives. you finance the Terrorists and Militants. you are involved in every terrorist activity in Pakistan and finally the Mumbai attacks was a drama by your RAW to get World's favour. It have to be investigate from ISI(Top Intelligence Agency of the World)They will told you the real facts.

Babloo | 9 years ago | Reply

You cannot ask for a pre-nuptial agreement after you have married and about to be divorced.

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