US to have a very important strategic relationship with India: Rice

December 24th, 2007 - 1:32 pm ICT by admin  

Washington, Dec 24 (ANI): US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has said that the United States would continue to build a close relationship with India while maintaining a partnership with Pakistan.
Rice reviewed US foreign policies during 2007, and explained how Washington planned to pursue its foreign policy goals during 2008-09.
She noted that there has been some progress towards democracy in Pakistan.
“Free and fair elections will advance the goal of a moderate, democratic Pakistan that is a partner in the war on terrorism,” Rice said.
“At the same time, we will continue building a new and very important strategic relationship with India,” she added.
In Afghanistan, Rice said the US and its Nato and Afghan allies were engaged in a fight against Taliban and al Qaeda terrorists that they “must and will win”.
She said the US would continue to support the Afghan Government.
On Iran, Rice expressed a readiness to meet her counterpart “any place, anytime and anywhere and to talk about anything” provided it does just one thing “suspend its enrichment and reprocessing activities”.
“Lets see if countries are prepared to take that path. But the US doesnt have permanent enemies,” the Dawn quoted Rice, as saying. (ANI)

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