Pakistan says no change in position on Bonn conference

Pakistan says it has no plans to reverse decision to boycott conference on Afghanistan.

Reuters December 05, 2011

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan said on Monday it had no plans to reverse a decision to boycott a conference on the future of Afghanistan in Bonn in protest over a NATO strike, even though US President Barack Obama had expressed regret over the incident.

"There is no change in our position vis-à-vis the Bonn conference," Abdul Basit, Pakistani Foreign Ministry spokesman, told Reuters after Obama spoke to President Asif Ali Zardari offering condolences over the strike.

Media reports had earlier cited diplomats in Washington stating that they were expecting a low level participation from Pakistan at the conference.

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had earlier voiced regret over the decision because she said Pakistan had a stake in a secure and stable Afghanistan, but aides travelling with her denied Pakistan’s absence would undermine the conference.

The Nov 26 NATO air raid, which killed 24 Pakistani soldiers, has added to strains in relations with Islamabad, whose cooperation Washington views as crucial to helping to stabilize the region before most foreign combat troops leave Afghanistan in 2014.


ahmed | 11 years ago | Reply

what did Pakistan not do for afghanistan? pakistan, from the begining, is sincere with afghanistan for its politcal stability, peace and educational development. around 1.7 million refuges are still living in pakistan, who are currently regitered by UNHCR. ADDING TO this, pakistan played very important role in wor on terror in afghnianistan and has loss 40000 individuals. what should pak do more??

k. Salim Jahangir | 11 years ago | Reply

Bonn Conference is over,but Pakistan is changing her PM's lips!

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