Ex-US top official Madeleine Albright advises Obama to increase Pak-Afghan co-op

November 20th, 2008 - 1:47 pm ICT by ANI  

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Washington, Nov 20 (ANI): Former United States secretary of state Madeleine Albright has reportedly advised US President-elect Barack Obama to expand co-operation between Pakistan and Afghanistan in order to curb militancy in the region.

She also asked him to work towards changing Americas image of being hostile to Muslims.

The United States should concentrate on enhancing security and co-operation between Afghanistan and Pakistan in order to rout out the Taliban, the Daily Times quoted Madeleine as saying.

She added that Afghanistan had become an unsustainable stalemate and majority of the population had no faith in the country’’s government. We need more troops, but also need a policy that corresponds to the aspirations and sensitivities of the population,” Albright said and added: We must drive a wedge between Al Qaeda and potential recruits, and we must destroy the depiction that the United States is hostile to Arabs and Muslims.

Agreeing with Albright’’s sentiments, professor of security studies Bruce Hoffman said the focus should be on the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the southeast Asian region. He said Obama should devise a strategy complimentary to both the countries to help overcome the security challenges. The President-elect is already talking about sending more troops to the region. He needs to help build capacity there. That will be instrumental in addressing the problem,” Hoffman added. (ANI)

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