Rice conveys her concerns over tribal peace deals to new Pak envoy

June 5th, 2008 - 1:29 pm ICT by ANI  

Benazir Bhutto

Washington , June 5 (ANI): US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has conveyed US concerns to Pakistan s newly appointed ambassador to the US , Husain Haqqani about the recent peace deals Pakistan government had entered into with terrorists in tribal areas along the Afghanistan border.

Rice reportedly met Haqqani on Tuesday evening. The meeting lasted 30 minutes enabling the two officials to exchange ideas on issues of mutual concern.

Haqqani is expected to present his credentials at the White House on Friday.

At the meeting, Rice is learnt to have conveyed to Haqqani that George Bushs administration was extremely uneasy about the peace deals Pakistan had recently signed with tribal groups, including the one with Baitullah Mehsud, whom the Pakistan government had earlier accused of being responsible for Benazir Bhuttos murder.

The US is convinced that the present deals, like previous ones, are not going to work, the Daily Times quoted Rice as having said at the meeting.

The US is also less than confident about officials in the Pakistani security and intelligence establishment being on board when it comes to fighting the Taliban and Al Qaeda, the paper further quoted Rice as saying.

She reportedly added: Information shared in the past by Washington is said to have been allegedly leaked from the Pakistani end, which resulted in the abrogation of crucial operations targeting terrorist groups. The US wants security to be tightened and steps to be taken to ensure that there are no jihadi moles in the Pakistani security and intelligence establishment. The US has also made it known that it would like President Pervez Musharraf to continue in office. (ANI)

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